Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the USF Bulls season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 7-6 overall, 3-5
Head Coach: Charlie Strong, 3rd year, 17-8
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE USF OFFENSE
– The offense that fizzled and faded down the stretch is changing things up a bit with new offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell. It won’t be as fast, but it’ll be more controlled with a nod to starting to control the clock more. With nine starters returning to the nation’s 33rd best offense, it should be more consistent.
– The quarterback situation was a question mark going into last season, but now it’s former Alabama and Arizona State prospect Blake Barnett’s gig after throwing for 2,710 yards and 12 scores with 11 picks. However, the depth is a question mark and concern with Chris Oladokun and Brett Kean both transferring.
– The running game that did just fine – averaging 194 yards per game – gets back almost all of the key parts. Jordan Cronkrite led the team with 1,121 yards and nine scores, Johnny Ford – who’ll see time at receiver – ran for 787 yards and eight touchdowns, and senior Trevon Sands will play a bigger role. They’ll work behind a veteran line that gets back four starters, but has to be better in pass protection after allowing close to three sacks per game.
– If Mitchell Wilcox isn’t the best tight end in the country, he’s close. He’s back, along with leading yardage receiver Randall St. Felix – averaging over 20 yards per catch – and senior Stanley Clevereaux to give Barnett a few 6-3 targets to work with. Ford will work on the inside when he’s not helping out in the backfield.