What a rollercoaster ride the last 13 weeks have been for the USF Football team. The team started out 1-3 and head coach Willie Taggart’s job security was on the line. Ultimately, the team and fans alike expected another disappointment.
But the leaders of the team rallied around the criticism and the Bulls went on the win 7 of their last 8 games, ending the regular season at 8-4. The Bulls came up short of a conference title as Temple defeated Uconn 24-7 which resulted in the Owls winning the AAC East title, despite USF’s trouncing victory over Temple 44-23.
Although the Bulls fell short of their goal, the team should show no regrets and say it was a very successful season. USF is bowl eligible for the first time since 2010 and young players like Marlon Mack, Quinton Flowers and Deatrick Nichols have become leaders.
The team showed a lot of toughness and fought through adversity, starting the season out 1-3. Many teams with little success like USF has had in recent year would’ve folded, but the way the Bulls turned their season around shows what type of leaders are in the locker room and is a testament to what head coach Willie Taggart is teaching his players.
Looking forward, the team must shift its focus to the bowl game.
Potential landing spots for USF would be: Miami Beach Bowl, Boca Raton Bowl and St. Petersburg Bowl. All bowl games in the state of Florida would represent a huge advantage for the Bulls. Many fans and students can travel to the game, with each of the three bowl games being only a couple hours away from Tampa, FL.
USF’s momentum continued off the field Monday, when USF added a 4 star WR from Miami, Central Darnell Salomon; possibly the best recruiting get for head coach Willie Taggart since 2013 when QB Quinton Flowers signed with the Bulls. Salomon had offers from every school in the nation like Georgia, Miami, FSU, Alabama and others, but chose to commit to the Bulls.
Overall, the Bulls can’t complain; they had a great season and qualified for a bowl game. Moreover, they gained a highly coveted recruit, something USF has never done before.