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Friday, Oct 24, 2014

Joey Johnston

Tribune Staff

Answers are coming quickly for Bulls

- Even as USF's Marlon Mack learns on the job, he's putting all doubts to rest.

Bulls Beat: QB White had fiery look Taggart likes

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For University of South Florida sophomore QB Mike White, it was probably a low point in his relatively brief career. Saturday afternoon, the Bulls were being routed, down by 2...

Still buzzing over win, Bulls face short week before Bearcats

- Four days later, USF football players still speak with reverence about Saturday’s 38-30 victory at Tulsa, when the Bulls rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit for the greatest comeback in program history.

Bulls notes: WR Davis earns weekly AAC honor

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University of South Florida senior WR Andre Davis was named American Athletic Conference offensive player of the week Monday after his six-catch, 154-yard, three-touchdown per...

Both unbeaten and troubled, FSU, Irish face off

- The game could largely shape the national championship picture.

Bulls Notes: Taggart says team trying to ‘define’ how to win

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TAMPA – University of South Florida players have described Saturday afternoon as a “must-win situation) when the Bulls (2-4, 1-1 American Athletic Conference) travel to Tulsa (1-5, 1-1). Bulls coach ...

FSU’s Greene quietly becoming best receiver in school history

- Rashad Greene has an FSU-record 215 career receptions and is approaching the school marks for receiving yards and TD catches.

Bulls Beat: Basketball ‘madness’ set to begin

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Midnight Madness?

Bulls QB White still young, but gaining experience

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When University of South Florida sophomore quarterback Mike White is on, he’s often spectacular. In six games, White has delivered 13 passing plays of 20-plus yards, in...

USF Bulls notes: Team ‘mentally fatigued’ in loss

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TAMPA – For the University of South Florida Bulls, Saturday night’s performance wasn’t half bad. But then it wasn’t half good, either.

USF can’t get signature win despite strong start

- Just when USF fans began to consider the magnitude of their potential accomplishment, the Bulls were flattened.

UF raises bar for crisis management

- The school was praised by public relations professionals and crisis communications specialists.

Win against No. 19 E. Carolina would give USF buzz back

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— The University of South Florida Bulls have endured three consecutive losing seasons. The program hasn’t played in a bowl game since 2010. Since opening 2011 at 4-0, the...

Bulls notes: USF QB White playing without brace

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University of South Florida sophomore QB Mike White, who suffered a compression fracture in his left wrist during the first play of a Sept. 6 game against Maryland, is now pla...

Bulls Beat: USF opens door to transfer Gibbons

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TAMPA – Even with an open date, the University of South Florida football program made significant news last week when former St. Petersburg Catholic offensive tackle Reilly Gibbons said he was leaving Stanford Uni...

Melaynna’s miracle: USF lineman’s daughter can see

- The daughter of USF offensive lineman Quinterrius Eatmon was blind at birth, but is gaining her sight in a development that has doctors amazed.

Bulls notes: USF football takes on No. 19 ECU

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TAMPA – Since beating Notre Dame to begin the 2011 season, the University of South Florida Bulls are 0-7 against ranked opponents. So, when the Bulls (2-3, 1-0) meet the No. 19-ranked East Carolina Pirates (4-1, 1...

Gators QB Driskell feeling the heat

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For University of Florida junior quarterback Jeff Driskel, the task is clear:

Patience running thin as Gators enter crucial part of season

- With their next three games against ranked teams, the Gators need to win their 10th straight Saturday against Tennessee in the worst way. A loss would make things unbearable for embattled coach Will Muschamp.

Bulls Beat: Football rides roller coaster of youth

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The University of South Florida Bulls have looked crisp and precise. They have also looked awful.

USF fan takes trip of lifetime

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— The Chicago air-traffic control tower fire on Friday created havoc with Midwest travel, causing problems for University of South Florida fans trying to attend Saturday...

Bulls better than expected in loss, but Taggart not satisfied

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— University of South Florida coach Willie Taggart does not believe in moral victories. He won’t even entertain the concept.

USF won’t run from chance to slow down Badgers star

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— He averages nearly a first down — 9.4 yards per carry — every time he runs. Whether he’s running up the middle or turning the corner, it requires ...

Bulls notes: WR Davis a game-time decision

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TAMPA – University of South Florida coach Willie Taggart said Thursday it likely will be a game-time decision whether senior receiver and team captain Andre Davis will play for the Bulls (2-2) in Saturday’s...

Bulls Beat: Kicker, punter truly special at USF

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At many college football programs, place-kickers and punters are curiosities at best. They do their work off to the side and are noticed only when something goes wrong. At tim...

Bulls notes: Wisconsin runs for big yardage

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The numbers look staggering.

USF beats UConn 17-14 in wet AAC opener

- The Bulls scored on their first two possessions, then controlled the clock and dictated field position, suffocating the Huskies, who didn't cross midfield until the game's final drive.

Vitale honored by Pediatric Cancer Foundation in Tampa

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TAMPA — ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale, who has brought unmatched energy and passion to the cause of finding a cure for childhood cancer, was honored Thursday night with the “Heart Of Gold Award’ȁ...

USF coach is eager for Bulls to create identity

- It’s clearly the most important game in coach Willie Taggart’s relatively short tenure with the University of South Florida football program. It’s a chance to reverse momentum and earn some nationally tele...

USF’s Taggart gets familiar advice from mentor Harbaugh

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— The other day, University of South Florida football coach Willie Taggart spoke with his mentor, Jack Harbaugh, who was the ...

USF’s Taggart still thinks AAC title is attainable

- Whether it’s celebrating the program’s rapid ascent into prominence or Coach Willie Taggart’s efforts to pull it out of an equally rapid decline, USF football still seeks that moment when a trophy is raise...

Rays' final homestand starts with walkoff win over Yankees

- There are no playoff implications, but the Rays are playing hard, says Ben Zobrist, who got the game-winning hit with two outs in the ninth with the bases loaded.

Rays notebook: Fans, foes in awe of Jeter

- Plenty of Derek Jeter fans were at Tropicana Field on Monday night and they let their voices be heard when the New York Yankees shortstop was announced as ... Brendan Ryan.

Brooks thankful after joining Bucs Ring of Honor

- Brooks, wearing the gold jacket he received during his Aug. 2 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, had his No. 55 jersey retired Sunday and became the sixth member of the Bucs Ring of Honor.

Bucs DT McCoy fractures hand in loss to Rams

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Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, his fractured left hand in a cast, labored to get dressed in the postgame locker room. He was almost finished. Then he winced in frustratio...

Unprepared USF bludgeoned by N.C. State 49-17

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— The numbers were, well, numbing.

USF officials ready to act for on-campus stadium

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— Friday afternoon on the University of South Florida’s campus, school spirit was alive and well. Speaking at the weekly pep rally — “Marshall Mayhem’...

Bulls notes: QB White on pace to start vs. Wolfpack

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University of South Florida coach Willie Taggart said sophomore QB Mike White, who suffered a compression fracture in his left forearm and wrist, is on track to start Saturday...

Bulls Beat: QB White is USF’s unquestioned starter

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It’s uncertain whether University of South Florida sophomore quarterback Mike White will be able to play Saturday afternoon against N.C. State. Although Bulls coach Wil...

Bulls notes: QB White could play with arm fracture

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Suddenly, the University of South Florida Bulls are optimistic sophomore QB Mike White could play in Saturday afternoon’s game against N.C. State at Raymond James Stadi...

Bucs unable to generate pass rush on Panthers backup QB

- Even with the Panthers playing without injured quarterback Cam Newton, a noted Buc-killer, veteran Derek Anderson sliced and diced his way to completing 24 of 34 pass attempts for 230 yards and two touchdowns, largely witho...

Bulls show some promise in loss to Maryland

- USF (1-1) had notable achievements in Saturday’s game and the outcome wasn’t decided until the finish, despite poor fourth-quarter execution — but it was still a defeat.

USF Bulls notes: Jozwiak will miss game with Maryland

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— South Florida junior G Thor Jozwiak, who missed all of last season after heart surgery, will not play Saturday afternoon against Maryla...

Bulls Beat: Policy keeps freshman RB Mack mum

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TAMPA – The University of South Florida football program, seeking to recapture its fan base after three consecutive losing seasons, finally has a player worth talking about.

USF savoring Mack’s moment as nation’s leading rusher

- It might not last beyond this week, but for now Marlon Mack is leading the nation in rushing, and USF is loving every second of it.

Bulls win as freshman Mack dazzles in debut

- Marlon Mack, who played last season at Sarasota Booker High, scored four touchdowns and carrying the ball 275 yards, lifting the Bulls past the upstart Western Carolina Catamounts 36-31.

USF Bulls notes: Taggart says QB situation is good

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— When University of South Florida coach Willie Taggart held his opening-week news conference to discuss Saturday night’s game aga...

USF Bulls notes: Dunkley earns job as starting corner

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University of South Florida converted wide receiver Chris Dunkley is ticketed to start at cornerback in Saturday night’s opener ...