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The USF football team that appears in nearly every early preseason Top 25 ranking and returns 16 starters from a bowl game victory over South Carolina, will return to the field for the annual USF Spring Game on Saturday, April 15.
For the fourth straight year the Spring Game, which has drawn capacity crowds the past two years, will be played at Corbett Field on the USF campus and will be free to the public. The Spring Game will kick off at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the USF/IMG radio network (820 AM in Tampa). A large crowd is expected for the 2017 game and fans are encouraged to bring blankets and utilize seating areas on the grass berms surrounding the playing surface.
The football game will be part of a doubleheader of USF Athletics action on campus that day. The USF baseball team will take on Cincinnati at 1 p.m. in American Athletic Conference action at Red McEwen Field.
A Fan Zone featuring inflatables, music and food will be held prior to the start of the Spring Game.
USF will begin spring practice under first-year USF head coach Charlie Strong on March 6 at the Morsani Football Practice Complex. The Bulls will get three practices in before the University’s spring break, which runs March 12-18. USF will return for the final 12 of 15 spring practices starting on March 21. USF Pro Day will also be held on the afternoon of March 21 at the Morsani Practice Complex.
The football season ticket priority renewal period for all Bulls Club members began on Feb. 3 and runs through Friday, March 31. New football season tickets deposits are being taken, starting at $50. New season ticket sales for all fans will begin on Saturday, April 8. In-person sales will also take place at the annual USF Spring Game on April, 15.
The Bulls will play seven home games in Raymond James Stadium in 2017, hosting notable games vs. Illinois, Houston, Temple, Tulsa and Cincinnati.
USF finished the 2016 season ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press poll with a school record 11 wins following the program’s fifth-ever bowl victory in the Birmingham Bowl. The Bulls’ 11-2 record marked the fifth-best winning percentage in FBS football in 2016 and one of just 11 teams to reach 11 wins. USF set nearly 40 team and individual records in 2016, including team records for total yards (6,650), rushing yards (3,714), touchdowns (77) and scoring (569). Junior quarterback Quinton Flowers was named the American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and led a school-record 10 players named to the all-conference team, six of which, including Flowers, will return in 2017.
via USF Athletics
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