Best USF Offensive Player
OT Marcus Norman, Jr.
2. WR Tyre McCants, Sr.
3. WR Darnell Salomon, Jr.
4. TE Mitchell Wilcox, Jr.
5. RB Jordan Cronkrite, Jr.
Best USF Defensive Player
DE Greg Reaves, Jr.
2. LB Nico Sawtelle, Jr.
3. CB Mazzi Wilkins, Sr.
4. S Jaymon Thomas, Sr.
5. LB Ronnie Hoggins, Sr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Brett Kean, Jr.
Or Blake Barnett, or Chris Oladokun. One of them has to try doing the impossible.
All Quinton Flowers did was run for 3,672 yards and 41 scores, and throw for way over 8,000 yards with 71 touchdowns as the reliable leader and star of the Bull offense for just over three seasons.
Barnett is a pro-style passer who went to Alabama as a big-time recruit, couldn’t crack the Arizona State starting job, and now is on his this stop to try finding a gig.
Oladokun is a terrific passer who can move. Like Kean, he’s an athletic all-around playmaker with the toughness to pound for the hard yards when needed, too.
Kean is a fast dual-threat option who spent last year as the main backup, but he didn’t take the job outright this spring. But he fits the system.
Key Game To The USF Season
UCF, Nov. 23
It’s a more than manageable slate, but the road game at Houston – the Bulls lost to the Cougars last year – is big, and the division dates at Cincinnati and Temple will be a problem. But, of course, USF has to win the War on I-4 after what happened last year in the thrilling 49-42 Knight victory.
It’s a better, stronger division this year, so there’s a shot the Bulls might not control their own destiny if they biff those key road games or get ripped up somewhere else along the way. But in one way or another, this game is going to be a really, really big deal. At the very least, Charlie Strong can’t lose his first two games against That Team Out East.
2017 USF Fun Stats
– 2nd Quarter Scoring: USF 142 – Opponents 55
– Field Goals: USF 21-of-25 – Opponents 8-of-9
– Sacks: USF 36 for 252 yards – Opponents 18 for 111 yards