Meet the SoFloBulls Team
I’m Matthew Manuri, owner and founder of SoFloBulls.com. I was born and raised in Naples, FL, then attended the University of South Florida (USF), Class of 2009. I was a very active member of Florida Iota Sigma Phi Epsilon ### and my day grind is Fortune 500 accounting. I’ve previously written for Bulls247 (CBS Sports), USF Rivals (Yahoo Sports), Scout (CBS Sports), and TheDailyStampede/VoodooFive (SB Nation).
After writing for others and building others brands, I decided to run my own show. We added photographer Dennis Akers to expand our portfolio with the best USF photos in the game, and brought on former USF DE David Bedford (@OldManBeddy) to deliver weekly Bedford’s Bottom Line Q&A’s to add in-depth former player insights.
Dennis Akers joined SoFloBulls.com prior to the 2016 USF Football season as our first staff photographer and has been cornering the USF photo game ever since. Dennis was raised in Tampa, FL, a Plant High School alum, then attended the University of South Florida (USF) with Matt Manuri and were in the same fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. Dennis’ work speaks for itself so be sure to peruse the USF Football Photos page.
A 2016 Graduate of West Hernando Christian School and 2018 2nd year graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute is now attending Withlacoochee Technical School to pursue a new career as an electrician. While at WOL David picked up photography during his second year and the rest is history.
He continued to teach himself photography and sharing his pictures on Instagram which continued growing at an exponential rate. Simultaneously he started his freelance photography business where he collaborates with several Christian rap artists.
A 2017 graduate of Riverview High School, Will Turner currently attends the University of South Florida pursuing a degree in mass communications, with a focus in news & editorial journalism, and a minor in history. Will joined SoFloBulls.com prior to the 2018 USF Football season, taking photos and writing articles amongst other items. Follow Will on Twitter @TBTurner813.
Will was born and raised in Tampa, Fla., and has covered Tampa Bay high school sports since 2016. Will started as a reporter for the Riverview High School Shark Encounter newspaper, where he would be appointed to sports editor in 2015. Will contributed to Big County Preps for over a year. A self-taught photographer, Will began the art in 2016, where he took photos for FLRunners.com throughout the 2017 high school track & field season. Will joined the FloridaHSFootball.com team for the 2017 football season, contributing with photos and articles. Most recently, Will partnered with Jarrett Guthrie to run 813Preps.com during the 2018 baseball season.
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