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 11 years ago '05        #76
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 UknowWhatItIs said
you right about every fan base having some f*g**ts.... i almost rolled on an Auburn fan in Tuscaloosa after we beat them in 04 to go 13-0... my boy was a UA fan and they just started talkin sh*t to him like i was gon have their back cuz they were aub fans

damn 8 pm central?? def going to be a long saturday and it should be a good a.ss game

i hope i make it into jordan hare that night
Our tickets came in last week so I know I got mine

Can't fu*kin wait

 08-23-2007, 05:43 PM         #77
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August 22, 2007

Alan Dell
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It was just last Saturday when USF head coach Jim Leavitt stood with a group of reporters after the team's first scrimmage talking about his depth at quarterback.


Is Grant Gregory the long term solution at QB if Grothe can't play?
In somewhat of a light-hearted, perhaps humorous manner, Leavitt went through a long list of candidates who would a.ssume control of the offense if the quarterbacks starting falling one by one.

Unfortunately for Bulls fans, the worst possible scenario could be unfolding. The two words that scare USF fans more than anything is "Grothe's hurt."

Matt Grothe has been held out of practice and will not play in tonight's scrimmage because of a reported hip pointer. He is listed as "day-to-day"

So who is the most likely candidate to take his spot if this turns out to be a long term thing? Here is the BullsEYE.com's take on USF without Grothe at quarterback:

If he is out for an extended period of time, the quarterback situation will likely turn into a battle between Carlton Hill and Grant Gregory. Hill has all kinds of athletic ability, but proved to his dismay in the past that you need more. Gregory could be efficient, but can't bring to the table what Hill has to offer physically. However, that doesn't mean he wouldn't be the better QB. Hill was moved to quarterback on Tuesday, which should be no surprise.

THE CANDIDATES:

# Grant Gregory- The junior is listed as the number one backup, but may just be a temporary replacement if Grothe is out long term. His father is offensive coordinator Greg Gregory, which could make for a touchy situation if he wants his son and Leavitt prefers someone else. Played at Athens High, which is a Division III school in Ohio (middle size). Started three years there, throwing for 4,200 plus yards with 41 TD passes and 21 touchdown runs. Went to Indiana out of high school and came to USF when father became a.ssistant coach here. Has never taken a snap in a college game.


# Carlton Hill- It was only a few years ago when Hill was being called USF's best recruit and seemed headed for stardom at quarterback. At 6-3, 220, he is the biggest and most athletic of the reserve quarterbacks. He is also the most experienced, putting in a lot of time at QB against West Virginia and NC State in Car Care Bowl as true freshman in 2005. His penchant for fumbling and off the field problems cost him the job and forced him to leave. Quarterbacked Pearl River JC to a national runner-up spot last year before returning. If he has matured and gained some poise, he could be a force in his own right. Has unlimited, star-like potential.

# Anthony Severino- A senior who knows the offense as well as anybody. Very cerebral, earned his degree last spring. Performed all the holding chores last year without an error. Hasn't been able to move past the number three spot on the depth chart. Very efficient type quarterback at Jesuit High where he led team to state semifinal.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?


# Courtney Denson-Forgotten so fast! Started the first game of the 2005 season at quarterback against Penn State and then descended into oblivion. At Miami Central High, he threw for 1,905 yards and 21 TDs and ran for 12 TDs as a senior. He was being lauded with praise going into Penn State and then suffered a hard fall from grace.

# Nate Allen- A very interesting candidate. He has the size you like (6-2, 190) and at Cape Coral High threw for more than 5,000 yards, breaking all the school passing records. Also a 1,000-point career scorer in basketball, which is a testament to this athletic ability. National Honor Society student, dad played professional basketball in Europe. Is listed as starting free safety, but his resume jumps right out at you when looking for a quarterback.

# Louis Gachette- Another high school quarterback, albeit a left-hander, which might add an interesting dilemma for opposing defenses. Listed at 6-3, he led Immokalee to state semifinal his senior year when he threw for 1,300 yards and accounted for 14 TDs.


# Amarri Jackson- Started two years at quarterback for Sarasota Riverview High, which unfortunately for him throws as much as it snows in Florida. At 6-5, he is the biggest candidate. Who can forget his TD pass against Louisville in 2005 and 31-yard completion against UCF last year. Heck of a basketball player, very athletic. Experienced running the option.

Leavitt said true freshman Alton Voss and walk-on Matt Piloto are off limits and will not play this season regardless of circumstances.

 11 years ago '05        #78
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Personally, if Carlton Hill could protect the fu*kin ball, I'd like to see him get the snaps if (God forbid) something happened to Grothe to knock him out long term. Hill is far superior to Gregory athletically, but he has a knack for fumbling the ball.

 08-24-2007, 12:54 AM         #79
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David Glaser
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Matt Grothe Sr. first knew something was up when his cell phone started ringing and the incoming numbers weren't familiar. These days, as he makes his way around Polk County on daily stops for his construction company, there will come the random call.


From left: Matt Sr., Chris, Brenda and Matt.
"Is this Matt Grothe?" the caller on the other end typically asks.

"This is Matt, but who are you looking for?" Grothe answers.

Caller: "The quarterback at USF."

Grothe: "This is his dad."

Caller: "Well, tell him great job!"

It has become the price of fame for the Grothes . . . and the price of driving a truck emblazoned with "Grothe Construction" and a phone number that looks like an invitation to mostly well-meaning Bulls fans.

This time last year, Matt Grothe the quarterback was recognizable to only the most diehard USF supporters. This week, his picture appears in USA Today and he's featured prominently in a story at ESPN.com. It's not quite overnight success, but it's pretty darned close.

Grothe is shaping up to be USF's first legitimate poster boy. In its brief history, there have been plenty of other talented, personable players go through USF's program – guys like Andre Hall, Marquel Blackwell and Kawika Mitchell come quickly to mind. But Grothe has an advantage over his predecessors. He has the vehicle of the BCS and a Big East Conference that has gone from media whipping boy to media darling in less than 12 months. Fickle, those sportswriters.

One of the qualities most often attributed to Matt is his unflappable nature – on and off the field. From where I stand, that's clearly genetic. Although dad Matt and mom Brenda are thrilled for their son and proud of how he's handled the acclaim, they sidestep most of the "celebrity" the way Matthew does a blitzing linebacker.

Still, there are things that even the Grothes can't help but find just a little jaw-dropping.

"When someone posted a photo of the billboard with Matthew's picture on it, first I thought it was a pretty good trick with Photoshop. But when I read about the location, we had to check it out," Matt Sr. said. "On the way over to a practice one day, my wife and I drove to see it. I pulled into the parking lot and looked up at it. I just sat there for awhile until it sunk in. I thought, 'Wow, that's kind of cool.' "

Cool like Grothe in the fourth quarter of a tie game.

Around their Lakeland-area home, Grothe Fever is even more pronounced. When Matt Sr. uses his debit or credit card in a restaurant, his last name rarely escapes notice. And when the family – including younger brothers Chris and David – makes its frequent trips to have dinner with Matt, there are inevitable interruptions.

"If we go over to Tampa and take him to the Outback, there's always one or two people who will come up and ask for an autograph. It takes you back at first to have someone asking your 20-year-old son for an autograph, but he handles it so well," Matt Sr. said. "He knows there are 10 other guys – more really – out there on the field helping him succeed.

"I'm just happy for him. You have to be as a parent. I just look at it that he's doing what he loves and he's good at what he does. Did I have any idea he'd be at this point right now? Of course not. I knew what he could do as a dad and as a coach, but there's so much of the unknown at the college level. It's humbling really. It's been quite a trip."

That trip will no doubt include more than a few bumps before it's over. Already there were headlines over an offseason bartending gig that didn't go exactly as planned. First lesson learned. The Grothes realize that's just a taste of what's possible once you're in the spotlight - whether it's one you've sought or one that's simply found you.

"Sometimes I do wish everyone would back off a little with a lot of the hype," Matt Sr. admitted. "But it comes with the territory and you live by it. Matt's a good kid and he handles it. And the good thing is, somebody sees your name and it opens their eyes to USF football."

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August 18, 2007

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It's no mystery why Wally Burnham seemed to be the only coach in an upbeat mood following USF's first scrimmage of the pre-season on Saturday.


Wally Burnham has just about set his starting lineup for the season opener.
The Bulls defensive coordinator had a lot of reasons to feel good. The offense turned the ball over three times, fumbling once in the red zone and Micah Morgan had an interception.

But linebackers Tyrone McKenzie and Donte Spires are the two biggest reasons he could smile. Burnham is pretty much set on his starting lineup for the season opener against Elon and is not concerned that McKenzie will replace the injured Chris Robinson at strongside linebacker.

"It's T-Mac's time to start. He is a tough, hard-nosed kid. He likes to play the game physical, the way it's meant to be played," Burnham said. "He is not a finesse guy and he has learned real fast. He is still learning because you don't come in and learn all this defense in six months and that is the thing we are missing. Chris is going to try and come back next week, but it will be hard for him to play and we don't want to force him back too fast."

Burnham indicated Brouce Mompremier is no sure thing to be starting at weakside linebacker all season. Spires is coming on strong, but the Pearl River Juco transfer has had some difficulty learning the Bulls defensive scheme.

The fierce battle for playing time at linebacker has given Burnham some options he has not had since he came to USF in 2000, particularly at strongside linebacker.

"Donte is really pushing Bruce, but is so far behind in the learning curve," Burnham said. "All three of those guys, T-Mac, Bruce and Spires are giving a great effort in learning, but they've got to bring it altogether."

Burnham is somewhat pleased with the progress Nate Allen has been making at free safety, but would like to see more development.

"Nate is coming. He is still a little shaky in spots with his checks and getting us into the right coverage and that is a major part of his responsibility," Burnham said. "He is supposed to get us in the right coverage and is a little shaky there, but he is progressing real good."

Burnham expects his starting lineup to have Jarrett Buie and George Selvie, at the ends, Richard Clebert at nose tackle and Aaron Harris at three-technique (defensive tackle). The back seven has veteran returnee Ben Moffitt at middle linebacker, Mike Jenkins and Trae Williams at the corners, Allen at free safety and Carlton Williams at strong safety.

"Our defensive line is light. We haven't changed from last year. Getting across the ball and double teams is what worries us. Clebert is only our guy over 300 pounds and right now that is not a good 300," Burnham said.

# Leavitt: "We've got to coach harder"

The only people earning praise from head coach Jim Leavitt were quarterback Matt Grothe and kicker Delbert Alvarado, who kicked a 52-yard field goal and boomed some punts for a lot of distance and height.

"Matt did some good things. He handled the offense real well and made good decisions," Leavitt said. "Our offensive line has work to do. Just because all of the line is back it doesn't mean they will be better. It just means they are back. They've got to go out there and work. It's our first scrimmage, but it's the fall and you don't get many more before you got to go out and play.

"But I am not feeling like it's not going to happen. We've got to coach better and harder and be a little more demanding and be more precise on how we coach. We've got to pick up the pace a little."

Leavitt said the team would scrimmage again on Wednesday and maybe Friday. He hasn't decided on his punter or his return guys, though Amarri Jackson and Marcus Edwards were catching punts towards the end of the practice.

# Gregory dismayed with turnovers:

Offensive coordinator Greg Gregory was most unhappy with the fumbles and penalties. There was a personal foul in the redzone, another one on a third and one in the redzone. Amarri Jackson lost the ball on a fumble after he caught a pass inside the 10 and Moise Plancher fumbled the ball away on the 3-yard line in taking a handoff from Grothe.

"You may struggle because the defense is outplaying you, but you just can't give it to them. We had a couple of holding penalties and are not disciplined enough yet on offense," Gregory said.

Freshman Dontavia Bogan looked impressive on a touchdown reception he made, but Gregory said he would have to see the film and see how he did in other situations to determine how much progress Bogan made.

Jackson caught a touchdown pass and Mike Ford and Jamar Taylor scored touchdowns, although Taylor's came when the offense was working on short yardage situations.

# Roberts makes biggest miscue of day?:

Defensive back Tyller Roberts might have earned a spot in Leavitt's doghouse. As the team was leaving the practice field, the junior shouted how he wanted to thank USF for all the weight he lost during the practice. Leavitt sent an a.ssistant coach after him to tell the Orlando native that he won't tolerate that stuff.

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August 17, 2007

Alan Dell
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There is only one depth chart that matters for the University of South Florida football team. It's the one head coach Jim Leavitt carries in his head. You won't find it on any website or in a press release. You have to delve inside Leavitt's head to get a glimpse of where everyone stands.

If you've been there, you can't tell anyone who let you in. He talks to people and they talk to others and you put the pieces together. It's not science, but it can be quite revealing.

I've been there. Can't tell you how and I'm only going to tell you what I saw and heard about the running backs. You may look at this as a Ripley's Believe Or Not. It's all right. If you don't believe, don't read another word. If you think what I am going to say could be true, keep your eyes rolling.

The question so many seem to want answered is where the running backs stand and what does Leavitt really think?


Here's what I've seen . . .

The one who sits atop Leavitt's depth chart at running back won't start the first game. He might not start the second game. He might not even finish the season as the Bulls leading rusher. There are many intangibles involved.

Mike Ford is the guy. Don't believe it? Then don't read anymore. Yes, I've seen it. This is the guy Leavitt believes can be the difference between a Big East championship or another trip to a nice, but meaningless bowl. The other coaches like him. They know what he is capable of . . . but they are not talking.

You don't have to be a football fan to figure this one out. The Bulls have some talented running backs, but no one has the combination of size, speed and brute strength Ford brings. So why isn't Leavitt talking? Why isn't he telling you that Ford is the guy he believes can take this team to their dreams?

There are so many reasons. Some involve how Leavitt thinks. Others relate to Ford himself.

Leavitt loves competition at every position. It's one reason he feels disappointed about his quarterback situation. He wants someone to challenge Matt Grothe and make him feel he is not the only option at the position.

The competition at running back is heated, so why should Leavitt ruin it and, besides, there is no guarantee Ford can deliver what the coach wants. But he knows the potential is there. Leavitt and the other coaches wanted so bad to get a big, bruising running back who can cause nightmares for defensive backs and punish them every time they make a tackle. They've felt all along that Ford is that guy.

Leavitt has slipped a few times and let down his guard. He said recently to a media gathering that Ford could be a great running back, but he isn't yet. Listen to that word "great." He will talk about the other running backs and openly admire their talents, but only Ford has been linked with greatness.

Leavitt wants to keep Ford hungry and not discourage any of the other running backs. But he also doesn't want to put too much pressure on Ford. The 6-2, 228-pounder has been through a lot of trauma since he walked through the graduation line at Sarasota High as the career and single-season rushing leader.

Ford is a human battering ram on the football field. He loves contact and dishes out as much punishment as those trying to tackle him. But off the field, Ford is on the gentle side. He is a sensitive person with a lot of pride, and when people were making disparaging remarks about his troubles trying to get academically qualified at Alabama after high school, it hurt.

Trying to get NCAA approval to play and navigate through all the red tape he encountered in his two years out of high school was difficult and at times painful. But perhaps nothing hurt more then the recent death of his father. When Mike turned himself in on an arrest warrant for traffic violations that included unpaid tickets and driving without a license, he knew his father would be relieved.

Unfortunately, that same day Mike's father died.

He never got to hear his dad tell him how proud he was that he did the right thing. He never got to hear his father tell him how gratified he felt.

Did he feel abandoned? How would you feel?

Leavitt doesn't want to put any undue pressure on Ford. He doesn't want to put Ford in the position that may disappoint himself or others.

The numbers Ford put up in high school were mind boggling. There were 11 games of 200 plus yards rushing, but the intangibles he demonstrated were just as impressive. In his final high school game before a record crowd of more than 8,000 fans at Sarasota High against arch-rival Riverview in the region championship, Ford showed a toughness and demeanor you don't forget.

Riverview literally beat him up, often a.ssigning two or three guys to shadow him and knock him down on nearly every play. The entire Riverview defense played at another dimension, dedicating itself to stopping Ford.

Ford never complained, never lamented and never criticized his teammates who couldn't do anything to take the pressure off him. After the game that Sarasota lost, he was one of the first to congratulate the Riverview coaching staff for their game plan.

It was another example of how hard it is to bring Ford down. It's another reason why he is on the first team depth chart that Leavitt won't allow you to see.

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August 23, 2007

David Glaser
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Matt Grothe Sr. first knew something was up when his cell phone started ringing and the incoming numbers weren't familiar. These days, as he makes his way around Polk County on daily stops for his construction company, there will come the random call.


From left: Matt Sr., Chris, Brenda and Matt.
"Is this Matt Grothe?" the caller on the other end typically asks.

"This is Matt, but who are you looking for?" Grothe answers.

Caller: "The quarterback at USF."

Grothe: "This is his dad."

Caller: "Well, tell him great job!"

It has become the price of fame for the Grothes . . . and the price of driving a truck emblazoned with "Grothe Construction" and a phone number that looks like an invitation to mostly well-meaning Bulls fans.

This time last year, Matt Grothe the quarterback was recognizable to only the most diehard USF supporters. This week, his picture appears in USA Today and he's featured prominently in a story at ESPN.com. It's not quite overnight success, but it's pretty darned close.

Grothe is shaping up to be USF's first legitimate poster boy. In its brief history, there have been plenty of other talented, personable players go through USF's program – guys like Andre Hall, Marquel Blackwell and Kawika Mitchell come quickly to mind. But Grothe has an advantage over his predecessors. He has the vehicle of the BCS and a Big East Conference that has gone from media whipping boy to media darling in less than 12 months. Fickle, those sportswriters.

One of the qualities most often attributed to Matt is his unflappable nature – on and off the field. From where I stand, that's clearly genetic. Although dad Matt and mom Brenda are thrilled for their son and proud of how he's handled the acclaim, they sidestep most of the "celebrity" the way Matthew does a blitzing linebacker.

Still, there are things that even the Grothes can't help but find just a little jaw-dropping.

"When someone posted a photo of the billboard with Matthew's picture on it, first I thought it was a pretty good trick with Photoshop. But when I read about the location, we had to check it out," Matt Sr. said. "On the way over to a practice one day, my wife and I drove to see it. I pulled into the parking lot and looked up at it. I just sat there for awhile until it sunk in. I thought, 'Wow, that's kind of cool.' "

Cool like Grothe in the fourth quarter of a tie game.

Around their Lakeland-area home, Grothe Fever is even more pronounced. When Matt Sr. uses his debit or credit card in a restaurant, his last name rarely escapes notice. And when the family – including younger brothers Chris and David – makes its frequent trips to have dinner with Matt, there are inevitable interruptions.

"If we go over to Tampa and take him to the Outback, there's always one or two people who will come up and ask for an autograph. It takes you back at first to have someone asking your 20-year-old son for an autograph, but he handles it so well," Matt Sr. said. "He knows there are 10 other guys – more really – out there on the field helping him succeed.

"I'm just happy for him. You have to be as a parent. I just look at it that he's doing what he loves and he's good at what he does. Did I have any idea he'd be at this point right now? Of course not. I knew what he could do as a dad and as a coach, but there's so much of the unknown at the college level. It's humbling really. It's been quite a trip."

That trip will no doubt include more than a few bumps before it's over. Already there were headlines over an offseason bartending gig that didn't go exactly as planned. First lesson learned. The Grothes realize that's just a taste of what's possible once you're in the spotlight - whether it's one you've sought or one that's simply found you.

"Sometimes I do wish everyone would back off a little with a lot of the hype," Matt Sr. admitted. "But it comes with the territory and you live by it. Matt's a good kid and he handles it. And the good thing is, somebody sees your name and it opens their eyes to USF football."
Just finished reading that like 20 minutes ago. Grothe fu*kin blew up with the quickness.

And as far as the defense, 2007 should be a great year for the defense


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# Senior center Nick Capogna shares his thoughts throughout the season in an exclusive diary here at USFBullsEYE.com:


By now, you know about all the injuries we've had on the offensive line. The good news is none of them are serious, but I'll tell you, I've gotten a lot more reps than I've needed so far in two-a-days. I'm counting myself lucky just to be healthy.

Honestly, I think maybe this will be a good thing in the long run. We've never had more than eight guys ready to go. With the injuries, a lot of the young guys have been getting reps with the (starters). That can only help them get better if they have to play somewhere down the line this season. And I'm not worried at all about the returning guys getting on the same page when they get back in the lineup. We're lucky. We all came together at the end of last year and we're still there.

Coach Leavitt has been really complimentary to Sampson Genus, the freshman from Lake City Columbia, and I definitely understand why. He's gonna be a player. I'm glad I'm a senior or I'd probably be losing my job. I don't know what they're doing up there, but every kid we've had from Columbia has just been a beast in the weight room. Sampson is the same. He reminds me a lot of John Miller, but he's bigger and stronger. Once he learns the plays, he'll be something special.

It's pretty impressive that he's been able to come in and compete physically right away. It's so much different from the high school level when you get here. But with the success we've had, the recruiting is bringing in guys now that are really physically imposing. I remember when I came in it was a completely different world. I'm not sure they'd recruit a guy like me now.

The other freshman who I've really been impressed with is Jamar Taylor. Wow, he's definitely going to be special. He just has a knack for running the football. He runs hard and he's real competitive. He takes it real serious in every drill.

We're so deep at running back this year. Top to bottom, it's the most impressive bunch I've been around. Mo Plancher is coming back from the ACL and he looks the same to me. He's still as shifty as ever. He's just wearing a brace now. We have so much talent there that if they're not successful, I blame myself and the rest of the offensive line.

We're still running the spread offense under Coach Gregory, but we're doing a lot of new things. I'm pretty excited about it. This isn't going to be the same offense you saw last year. We're putting the ball in the hands of our playmakers. Unfortunately, we lost a good one in Colby Erskin. My heart goes out to that kid. He was about five yards away from me when it happened. He planted and you knew it was something serious. I especially feel for him because he's from my area and I always want guys from my area to do well. But Colby will be back. He'll be in there rehabbing. It just means somebody else has to step up.

We have our first scrimmage on Saturday and it'll be interesting to see our chemistry. In my experience, the defense usually hands it to the offense in the first scrimmage, but I think we can do some things. And if we can move the ball against our defense, we can move it on anyone.

We lost some great players like Snake (Stephen Nicholas) and Patrick (St. Louis), but we're good to go at linebacker. Tyrone McKenzie is playing lights-out football. Chris Robinson will be back and he's solid at linebacker or defensive end. There's Brouce Mompremier and Ben's back in the middle. All those guys will be ready to play.

I wish I could say we're getting over the hump, but there really isn't one until . . . well, January, after the bowl game. It's not like once the season starts we ease up. Our practices during the season are pretty physical. During two-a-days, you just try to survive. This is the toughest week and you can't look ahead. You take it one drill at a time, one play at a time. For me, it's practice, eat, practice, go to bed. I've never been so happy to get in bed at 10 o'clock and it's the only time when I pray for classes to start.

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*drafts on Madden* New Brady back up

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With three Peach State signees in last year's class, the Bulls have continued to expand their recruiting push north of the Florida border with a recent commitment from Buford's Demetris Murray.


Buford, Ga. running back Demetris Murray chose the Bulls over Maryland and Wake Forest.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back gave USF his pledge over offers from ACC programs Maryland and Wake Forest after making a visit to Tampa earlier this summer. Murray has family in Florida – grandparents in Fort Lauderdale and cousins in Jacksonville – and he said the Bulls were an easy choice.

"I went there on a visit, I guess about three months ago. I loved everything about it," Murray said. "It's in Florida, where I've always wanted to play. I loved the coaches. They have a lot of degree programs I can choose from. It felt right.

"They want me to play running back, but when I sat down with Coach (Jim) Leavitt, he talked more about getting a degree than he did about football. That was different. Most of the coaches I've talked with just talk football. Coach Leavitt said, 'If you come here, you'll leave with a degree. That's what we're about.' That was really important."

USF began showing recruiting interest in Murray in the spring, and offensive coordinator Greg Gregory was Murray's primary recruiter. The Bulls were obviously impressed by Murray's junior numbers and his potential combination of speed and power.

In 2006, splitting time in the Buford backfield with teammate Quentin Cantrell, Murray still piled up 1,090 yards and 20 touchdowns on 143 rushing attempts. Observers describe him as a power back who seeks out contact, but Murray said he's versatile.

"I'm competitive. I have good strength and vision. I also have enough speed to get to the outside. I run a 4.4," Murray said when asked to describe his strengths as a player.

Murray was set to let the recruiting process play out fully after making summer visits to Maryland and Wake, but was bowled over by the Bulls and considers himself a solid commitment. He also plays free safety at Buford and said he wouldn't be opposed to playing on the defensive side as a collegian.

"I'd prefer running back, but if it turned out to be the best, I'd make the switch," he said.

For now, however, Murray is pointed toward his senior season at Buford, which figures to have post-season potential in 2007. With Murray, three BHS prospects have now committed to Division I schools, including standout defensive tackle Omar Hunter, who is headed for Notre Dame.
i think thats seven already

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 RakimAllahNY said
*drafts on Madden* New Brady back up

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I'm going to the West Va game for sure. We're going to murder Elon, if it wasn't so hot and there wasn't a wedding I'm going to, I would have gone.

 11 years ago '05        #88
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Games I'll be at:

Elon
Auburn
UNC
West Virginia
FAU
UCF
Cincinnati
Louisville

 11 years ago '05        #89
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I'll be at
UCF - fu*k dem n*ggas
Louisville
WVA
possibly Cinnci

 11 years ago '05        #90
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Depth Chart is set for the Elon game:


 11 years ago '05        #91
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Jamar Taylor got his hardship waiver approved :applause: We're fu*kin loaded at runningback for once

 11 years ago '05        #92
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Entering its 11th season of existence, the South Florida football program has grown up quickly.

It's well ahead of younger brothers Florida Atlantic and Florida International. It even has surpassed its closest sibling, UCF, as the Sunshine State's up-and-coming program.

But the Bulls still need to stage a teenage rebellion to leave the kid's table and join the Big Three of Florida, Florida State and Miami.

"Most people would say South Florida is a program that is interesting," South Florida coach Jim Leavitt said. "We're not part of the Big Three and not part of the other three. That's kind of where we are. We're a team in no man's land."


Associated Press
'Matt Grothe is USF's first superstar player since its arrival in the Big East.
In its first decade, South Florida has grown out of Division I-AA to Conference USA and then to the Big East.

Although the last two seasons have brought South Florida its first two bowl games and first bowl win, winning lower-tier bowl games soon won't be enough for the upstart Bulls.

South Florida enters the 2007 season with the most promise in its short existence.

The Bulls return 16 starters from a team that won nine games. Under the guidance of Leavitt, they have established an identity as a tough defensive team. They also have their first marquee player of the Big East era in quarterback Matt Grothe, the league's rookie of the year.

"The biggest thing is probably that I've noticed this summer is the confidence of everybody has risen tremendously the last couple of months," said Grothe, the only quarterback in the country to pass for 2,500 yards and run for 600. "Everybody wants to win the Big East this year."

The Bulls are optimistic they can pull off the unthinkable and appear in a BCS bowl game in only their third season in a major conference.

South Florida has defeated each Big East team at least once over the last two seasons. It has picked up convincing wins over the league's top two teams as well. The Bulls earned a 45-14 win over No. 9 Louisville in 2005 and captured a 24-19 victory over No. 7 West Virginia in Morgantown last season.

"We've beaten every single team in Conference USA and every team in the Big East," Leavitt said. "To me that's the story. That's bigger than any one win. We're making some interesting steps. Every year we've done a little bit, something else has happened."

The Bulls are well aware that finishing as a top Big East team won't be enough to move them into the same breath as Florida, Florida State and Miami.

That can only happen on the field, where the Bulls are still finding their footing among state teams.

South Florida is 4-0 against UCF, FIU and FAU but lost its only game (27-7, to Miami) against the state's top three.

Upcoming schedules, however, will provide more of a measuring stick. The Bulls will have their chance in coming years with five games scheduled against Miami from 2009-13 and a home-and-home against Florida in 2010 and 2015.

RISING FAST
A look at each of Florida's Division I-A programs and when they've reached specific milestones.
School First season First bowl First conf. title
Florida 1906 1953 1984*
Miami 1926 1933 1992
Central Florida 1979 2005 None
South Florida 1997 2005 None
Florida Atlantic 2002 None None
Florida International 2002 None None
*Vacated
The question, though, is whether Leavitt - the only football coach in school history - will be in Tampa to watch his program mature.

Despite overtures from Alabama and Kansas State, South Florida is confident Leavitt will be around to watch the Bulls go toe-to-toe with Miami and Florida.

"He ain't going nowhere," Grothe said.

Leavitt signed a seven-year, $7 million deal in 2005 to stay in Tampa. The USF campus is not far from Leavitt's high school stomping grounds, Dixie Hollins in St. Petersburg.

"The program has not only taken a step forward each year, but under Jim's leadership has taken a step forward consistently," said Doug Woolard, South Florida's athletic director since 2004. "Jim has so much passion for this area. This is where his roots are."

Leavitt has shown on the recruiting trail just how deep his roots go in the state. Ninety percent of the players on South Florida's 2007 roster come from Florida.

South Florida is looking to win in-state bragging rights on and off the field. South Florida seldom recruits head-to-head with the state's big programs. They rarely compete with the "Big Three" for a top prospect. However, each small victory counts.

"We still have to sell it pretty hard," Leavitt said. "(But) our recruiting has changed. We're able to get in on the right guys. We've been able to beat Florida, Florida State and Miami on one guy (each), and then beat them on two. Suddenly, that's six (playing for South Florida)."

Much more could change with a strong performance Sept. 8 at No. 18 Auburn, in what will likely be the toughest nonconference game for any Big East team.

Before defeating North Carolina in Chapel Hill last year, South Florida had lost eight consecutive games to nonconference opponents from BCS leagues.

There's a sense of opportunity at South Florida, a chance for the program to leave behind its childhood and join the grown-ups of Florida, Florida State and Miami.

"We should have a good team this year," Grothe said. "We have a pretty dang tough schedule this year. If we do well we should be right up there."
11 seasons no team can say they blow up like this...

 11 years ago '05        #93
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 BoSox84 said
Jamar Taylor got his hardship waiver approved :applause: We're fu*kin loaded at runningback for once
Ford and Taylor = Andre Hall who?
Elon has a true freshman starting at qb


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 11 years ago '05        #94
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 booker20 said
Ford and Taylor = Andre Hall who?
Elon has a true freshman starting at qb
For real man :wow: They had a pretty good passing attack last year (for an "FCS" team), but damn, this kid is gonna make his first start against one of the better Division I-"BCS" defenses.

 08-29-2007, 12:26 AM         #95
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9-8-07 at Auburn

is this on national tv?

 11 years ago '05        #96
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ESPN 2 as far as I know. Gametime is 9pm eastern, 8 central

 08-29-2007, 12:33 AM         #97
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Word, hate to admit it but I aint really sat down and watching USF from start to finish.

 11 years ago '05        #98
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That game could be a good time to start. Got my tickets to night. We're fu*kin way up in the boonies

 08-29-2007, 12:37 AM         #99
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True that, esp since were playing you guys later. I'll def go down there for both home at homes too

 11 years ago '05        #100
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Man, I'm so fu*kin hyped for this season to start, especially after Taylor's hardship waiver got cleared today :applause: I can't fu*kin wait to have a set of good runningbacks and a good QB at the same time :applause:

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