TAMPA — After an open week, the University of South Florida Bulls (0-3) face their biggest challenge to date when the No. 15-ranked Miami Hurricanes (3-0) visit Raymond James Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
You don’t have to convince USF coach Willie Taggart about UM’s strength.
“I think the U is back,’’ Taggart said. “They’ve got a lot of talent and they’re doing the things it takes to win ballgames. They’re on their way back to what Miami used to be.
“For our guys, we’ve got to worry about us. Don’t worry about who we’re playing against. Just go out and see how good we can be. We haven’t shown that yet. We know we’re better than what we’ve shown.’’
Taggart said it was a productive open week with an emphasis on fundamentals and self-scouting. He also made this point: Let’s have fun.
“Don’t worry about losing ballgames, but go out and think about winning these ballgames,’’ Taggart said. “Play like we’re capable of (playing). It’s Miami and our guys are going to be fired up. It’s a great opportunity for us to go out and compete.’’
YOUNG GUNS: Taggart said he expects several freshmen to see action against Miami and DT Derrick Calloway, a prized recruit from Bradenton Manatee High who hasn’t yet played, could be one of them. Taggart also mentioned LB Nigel Harris, who had a team-high 12 tackles in a start against Florida Atlantic, plus DBs Johnny Ward and Lamar Robbins.
NO TIME YET: USF’s Oct. 5 home game against Cincinnati — the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams — will be shown online on ESPN3. Kickoff time has not been set.