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Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Joey Johnston

Tribune Staff

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


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

USF fan takes trip of lifetime


— 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


— 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


— 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


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


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...

USF awaits big test at No. 19 Wisconsin


— The University of South Florida Bulls are confident following last week’s victory against Connecticut in the American Athletic Conference opener.

Bulls notes: Wisconsin runs for big yardage


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


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


— 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


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...

55 things to know about Derrick Brooks

- The hall of famer will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime of today's game and his No. 55 jersey will be retired. To get in the spirit, we offer 55 things to know about Brooks.

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


— The numbers were, well, numbing.

USF officials ready to act for on-campus stadium


— 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


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


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...

Harris' switch to ILB gives USF Bulls immediate results

- When watching sophomore linebacker Nigel Harris, there’s a temptation to peek into the future. How much can he improve? He good can he become?

Bulls notes: QB White could play with arm fracture


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...

Life’s journey has equipped Lovie to lead Bucs


TAMPA — Derrick Brooks, the Pro Football Hall of Famer and maybe the greatest Buccaneer of all, still remembers the day when everything changed. As a second-year NFL player, he felt pleased with himself. He found ...

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.

Big-play ability bolsters USF’s attack


— It’s like going from horse-and-buggy to fully loaded sports car. Like a black-and-white movie evolving into Technicolor.

USF Bulls notes: Jozwiak will miss game with Maryland


— 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


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


— 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


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

USF Bulls preview: Five things to watch

- A look ahead to the Bulls' season, including a list of Tampa area players on the roster.

USF fans hope baseball prospect White can pitch TDs


— He’s still a fresh-faced kid, a confident, outgoing, full-of-life 19-year-old who fully expected to be spending his college years on somebody’s pitching mound.

After years of dispute, college playoffs are here


— It’s finally here.

USF's Jozwiak thrilled to play after heart surgery

- When USF races through the tunnel Aug. 30 before facing Western Carolina, emotions will run high for Bulls players. Particularly for USF junior offensive lineman Thor Jozwiak, who missed last season following surgery to cor...

USF drops plan to put ‘THE TEAM’ on jerseys

- The USF football program has dropped its plan to display “THE TEAM’’ on the back of its jerseys instead of the players’ last names. Instead, the jerseys will remain blank.

No names on back of USF football jerseys

- In an effort to promote unity and teamwork, Coach Willie Taggart said his USF football players will not have their names displayed on the back of their jerseys this season.

USF secondary had on-the-job training as freshmen

- USF's secondary should be one of the team's strongest components. Last season, it helped the Bulls to a No. 21 overall defensive ranking in FBS. If everyone stays healthy and together, it could be nationally recognized in 2...

Plenty of chances for USF running backs


TAMPA – Opportunities abound in the University of South Florida’s backfield, mostly because it lost 1,018 of the 1,064 net rushing yards from last season. Marcus Shaw (765 yards) exhausted his eligibility. ...