Game Preview: UCF at No. 5 USF

October 11, 2007

UCF at No. 5 USF 

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Setting The Scene
Date: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007
Location: Tampa, Fla.
Kickoff: Noon Eastern
Radio: WFLA 970 AM (Tampa)
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Stadium Capacity - Surface: 65,857 - Natural
Tickets:  Sold Out - 1,000 Free Student Tickets Remain

The Game
In the midst of a seven game winning streak and off to the best start in school history the No. 5 University of South Florida football team (5-0, 1-0 BIG EAST) hosts the University of Central Florida (3-2, 1-1 Conference USA) in its final non-conference game of the year on Saturday at Noon Eastern. USF is coming off a 35-23 win over a FAU in Fort Lauderdale last weekend, while UCF lost 52-38 at East Carolina.

The Series
USF has won both previous meetings with UCF.  In 2005 the Bulls won 31-14 at Raymond James Stadium, last year Leavitt’s bunch pulled out a 24-17 win in Orlando.

The Broadcasts
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU with Clay Matvick (play-by-play) and Larry Coker (color).  USF’s radio broadcast  with Jim Louk, Mark Robinson & Mike Pepper can be heard on WFLA 970 AM, WFLL 1400 AM, WORL 660 AM, WTSU 1590 AM, WPSL 1590 and the Press Pass on

The Coaches
USF: Jim Leavitt (Missouri ‘78) has a career record of 75-43 (.636) and is in his 11th season at USF.  He has coached every game in the program’s history.  He is 3-0 when ranked, 2-0 against UCF, 7-6 against Conference USA members, 52-13 at home,  29-12 in hot weather (80 degrees or higher), 3-3 on ESPNU and 44-37 on television.
UCF:  George O’Leary 67-59 in 12 season as a head coach. He has a 15-26 record in four years at UCF.

The Program
The USF program has an all-time record of 48-26 at the NCAA FBS level and a 75-43 overall record. The wining percentage of 64.8 is good enough to rank USF No. 12 among FBS schools in all-time winning percentage.  USF became the fastest team in the modern era of college football to go from upstart NCAA FBS school to a top-10 ranking on Sunday, Sept. 30.  The Bulls have won seven straight, which is the third longest active streak at FBS level.

The parking lots at Raymond James Stadium will open at 8 a.m. As a fan, with a reserved or general parking, you should plan on arriving and being parked 1 ˝ hrs before kick off.  Arriving later,  plan on traffic congestion, delays and your favorite parking lot being full.

To avoid the traffic delays on MLK Blvd from the southbound I-275 exit, fans should continue south on  I-275 and use the Himes , Dale Mabry and Lois exits.  Upon  exiting the interstate turn right and follow the message boards to available open parking lots.

Lot 14 on the south east corner of Himes and MLK Blvd (know as the student parking area)  filled and was closed at the last game.  We are expecting the same for future sold out games.   Alternate parking lots from south and northbound Dale Mabry, westbound on MLK Blvd and northbound on Himes and Lois are HCC, lots 11, 12 and 13 on the west side of stadium.

We encourage fans to plan on using the Himes, Dale Mabry and Lois interstate exits and parking using the west stadium parking lots.

Bulls Fan Fest
Bulls Fan Fest will also be open at 8 a.m. on Saturday

Student Buses
A total of 15 buses will be available to pick students up at parking lot 17B on the corner of Willow and Maple Drive on Saturday at 10 a.m.  Transportation is first come, first serve. Students are encouraged to get to the pick up location at least 15 minutes early! Buses will leave one at a time as they fill to capacity.

Students must present a valid ID to ride.

Counterfeit Tickets
USF fans should be on the lookout for counterfeit tickets for this Saturday's game against UCF.
Approximately 50 counterfeit tickets were sold/scalped at the West Virginia game.
Fans are strongly encouraged to only purchase tickets through the USF Ticket Office and any Ticketmaster location, both online or in person, for all future games.

Recapping FAU
No. 6/9 USF put away a feisty Florida Atlantic squad, 35-23, in front of a Lockhart Stadium record crowd of 21,106 ... USF won its seventh straight, which is the third longest active streak among FBS schools, and improved to 5-0 on the season ... The 5-0 start ties a school record for best start ... USF began the 1998 season 5-0 as well ... USF overcame three first half turnovers and four total in the game with a dominant runningattack in the second half ... Junior RB Ben Williams set a USF record with four rushing TD ... He ran for 186 yards on the ground ... Williams also had nine yards receiving ... The Lake Wales native ran for 164 yards in the second half, including an ESPN-worthy 54 yard score in the fourth quarter ...  Williams also scored from nine yards out twice and from five yards ... QB Matt Grothe also eclipsed the century mark with a career high 120 yards on the ground ... It is only the third time in USF history that two players have rushed for 100 yards in the same game and the third time a QB has rushed for 100 yards ... Grothe went off for 96 yards in the second half including a career best 32-yard scamper for a TD in the third quarter ... USF ran for a season high 312 yards, which is the 10th time in program history USF has run for 300 or more yards ... Amarri Jackson was one reception off a career high with six catches  for 60 yards ... Grothe was 17-27 in the passing game for 122 yards ... His longest completion was on a scramble hook up with Jackson down the far sideline for 29 yards ... USF scored first for the fifth straight game ... The game was tied at halftime, marking the first time this season that USF has not led at the half ... USF had three first half turnovers that were offset by three missed field goals for Owls K Warley Leroy ...  Kicker and punter Delbert Alvarado punted six times and averaged 43.2 yards ... He had a long punt of 55 yards and has booted a ball at least 50 yards in four straight games ... The USF defense allowed over 400 yards of total offense for the second consecutive week but stiffened when it mattered ... The Bulls have given up more than 23 points during the current seven game win streak ... CB Trae Williams collected his second interception of the season and ninth since the start of 2006 ... Ben Moffitt had a second consecutive stellar game with 11 tackles, two TFL, one pass breakup, one third down stop and one fourth down stop ... Tyrone McKenzie also had 11 tackles to lead USF in the category for the third time this season ... OL Ryan Schmidt (foot), RB Jamar Taylor (RB) and DE George Selvie (hand) were all limited due to injuries during the game.

This and That for UCF
A win would make USF bowl eligible for the third consecutive season ... USF is 3-3 all-time when playing on ESPNU ... Saturday will mark the fifth week of six consecutive that USF will play on the ESPN body of networks ... The Bulls matchup with currently undefeated UConn also appears headed for the worldwide leader in sports ...  The Bulls face Rutgers on ESPN on Thursday, Oct. 18  ... USF is a popular commodity around Bristol ... Raymond James Stadium was one of the final two options for ESPN College Gameday this Saturday ... Lee, Kirk and the gang ended up going to Norman for Missouri vs. Oklahoma ... The Sept. 28 game with West Virginia was the second highest rated ESPN2 College Football regular season broadcast in the station’s history ... The game was viewed by 2.7 million households.

BCS Predictions
The initial BCS Poll does not come out until Sunday, Oct. 15.  Below is where USF ranks in the polls used in the BCS formula:

AP: 5
Coaches: 5
Harris: 6
Massey: 2
Sagarin: 2
Billingsley: 3
College Matrix: 3
Note: Two computer polls have not been released yet.

By The Numbers - 23
During USF’s current seven-game win streak no team has scored more than 23 points against the stout Bulls defense.   In fact, only Auburn & FAU - both with 23 points - have scored more than 19 against the Bulls.  The seven game win streak is the third longest active stretch among NCAA FBS members.

By George!
Sophomore DE George Selvie began the 2007 season with a record breaking evening against Elon ... He hasn’t slowed down since ...  He already broke the USF single season record with 10.5 sacks and is already four shy of the career record of 20 ... Below is where Selvie ranks and the USF,  BIG EAST and NCAA records he is chasing

George Selvie 10.5 16
USF 10.5, Selvie 20.5, Stephen Nicholas (02-06)
BIG EAST 20, Elvis Dumerville, Louisville (2005) 36, Cornell Brown, Virginia Tech (1993-96)
NCAA 24, Terrell Suggs, Arizona State (2002) 44, Terrell Suggs, Arizona State (00-02)


George Selvie 17.5 32.5
USF 19, Craig Kobel (2003) 53.5, Stephen Nicholas (02-06)
BIG EAST 26, Bryan Knight (2000) NA
NCAA 32, Jason Babin, Western Mich. (2003) 75, Jason Babin, Western Michigan (00-03)

Below are the game-by-game numbers for Selvie:

George Selvie
Elon 10 6.0 4.0 1 2
Auburn 4 3.5 1.5 0 3
UNC 6 5.0 3.0 0 0
West Virginia 8 2.0 1.0 0 1
FAU 3 1.0 1.0 0 1
Total 31 17.5 10.5 1 7

Selvie broke his own single game record for tackles for loss with six against Elon ... Below is the new single game record chart for TFL:

1. George Selvie -  6, Elon, 9/1/07
2. George Selvie - 5, North Carolina, 9/22/07
George Selvie - 5, Florida International, 9/9/06
Kawika Mitchell - 5, at Oklahoma, 9/28/02
Tim Jones - 5, at Army, 9/27/03George Selvie
Craig Kobel - 5, Pittsburgh, 12/4/04

Selvie also tied the USF single game record for sacks with four against Elon ... Below is who he shares the honor with :

1. George Selvie - 4, Elon, 9/1/07
Shurron Pierson - 4, Southern Miss, 10/12/02

Selvie leads all NCAA players with 10.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles in five games this season .... He already owns the USF single season record ... It was previously held by Terrence Royal (2005) and Shurron Pierson (2001), who both set the bar at 10 ... The career record for sacks is 20 by Stephen Nicholas ... Selvie is No. 5 in the USF history book with 16 career sacks ... He is already 1.5 shy of the USF single season TFL record of 19 set by Craig Kobel in 2003 ... Selvie had 5.5 sacks as a freshman last season and has already surpassed that number in 2007 ... He was named a freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
Preparing for Smith
USF has not allowed a player to rush for over 100 yards since Rutgers’ Ray Rice went for 202 at Raymond James last season ...  That is a span of  13 games ... Only six players have rushed for over 100 yards against the Bulls defense since the start of 2005 .... The USF defense, in addition to creating 18 turnovers this season, has some success shutting down the top offensive weapons on opposing teams this season. Below are a couple examples of individual & team averages for West Virginia and North Carolina prior to playing USF and what they did against the Bulls:

WVU 125 72.5 66 357
Vs. USF 54 36 36 188
  QB - Tyler Yates      
UNC 300 YPG 9TD 3 INT  
Vs. USF 84 yards 0 TD 4 INT  

Team NCAA Stats
Tackles For Loss - 2 (10.2)
3rd Down Conversion % Defense - 4 (25.9)
Interceptions - 5 (11)
Turnovers Gained - 6 (18)
Pass Efficiency Defense - 7 (92.83)
Sacks - 15 (3.2)
Scoring Defense - 13 (16.4)
Turnover Margin - 16 (1.0 per game)
Fumbles Recovered - 18 7
Total Defense - 24  (312.0 ypg)
Pass Defense - 30 (196.8)
Rush Defense - 32 (115.4)

Injury Update (10-10)
Nick Capogna - Knee - Will Play
Matt Huners - Knee - Doubtful
Amarri Jackson - Knee - Will Play
Ryan Schmidt - Foot - Will Play
George Selvie - Hand - Will Play
Jamar Taylor - Ankle - Will Play

Starting Notes
Senior center Nick Capogna had his consecutive start streak of 14 snapped at Auburn due to a knee injury ... The fallout from that injury was Jack Griffin starting at center, while Ryan Schmidt moved up the depth chart and started at left guard ... Ben Busbee earned his first career start against Elon, as did right guard Zach Hermann ... Hermann has started ever since ... On defense Brouce Mompremier and Nate Allen started for the first time in their careers against Elon, both have started every game this year ... Mike Ford collected his first career start against West Virginia ... Courtney Denson and Jessie Hester both recorded their first career starts at WR against FAU when USF opened in a five receiver set ... Denson has one career start at QB.

Fast Starts
USF has scored first in the first in all five games this season. The Bulls have received the ball first three times and scored 32 points in the first quarter of the last four games (14 vs. UNC & Auburn, 7 vs. WVU, 7 vs. FAU) and collected a TD on their first two drives against North Carolina.

The Largest
USF has the largest stadium (65,657), largest student section (12,501) and the largest enrollment (44,038) of any school in the BIG EAST.

Freshmen Scores
Mike Ford and Jamar Taylor, both true freshman, accounted for 6 of the 8 rushing TD in the opening four games.  Ford also has a receiving TD, meaning the rookies have accounted for 7 of USF’s 17 offensive TDs (41.1) this year

Matt Grothe has the highest winning percentage of any regular starting quarterback in USF history at 76.4.  He has led USF to wins in 13 of 17 career games and has surpassed previous record holder Marquel Blackwell, who was 30-12 as starter for a percentage of 71.4.

T-Mac & D-Mac
Junior LB Tyrone McKenzie led Iowa State in tackles last season and transferred to USF after the 2006 season.  He was able to play immediately thanks to a NCAA hardship waiver.  

McKenzie was on the USF campus to start the spring semester in January.
And in early February his former head coach at Iowa State, Dan McCarney, arrived in Tampa and took the position as the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Line Coach. 

The two have teamed up on defense and produced immediate results.  USF held Elon to 13 points and just 33 yards rushing.  McKenzie, who led Iowa State with 129 tackles in 2006 and was 10th nationally, is leading USF with 46 tackles this season.

McCarney’s defensive line has accounted for 15 of USF’s 16  sacks this season. USF is 15th nationally with an average of 3.2 sacks per game.

Individual NCAA Stats
George Selvie leads the country in sacks (10.5) ... His closest competition is Indiana’s Greg Middleton, who has 8.5 ... Selvie also leads the country in tackles for loss (17.5) ...  His closest competition is Michigan’s Shawn Crable,  who has 16 in six games ... Ben Moffitt and Nate Allen are both tied for 17th with 3 INTs ... Delbert Alvarado is 26th nationally in punting (43.3) ... Jerome Murphy is 19th in kick return average at 28.8.

Making Plays
USF’s defense is led by a bunch of playmakers, which are producing turnovers at a record pace ... The USF record for forced turnovers is 35 set in 2002 .... USF has already forced 18 in five games and is on pace for 43 this season ...  The Bull “D” ranks sixth nationally in turnovers, 18th in fumbles recovered (7) and fifth in interception (11) ... Nate Allen and Ben Moffitt both already have three interceptions, CB Trae Williams has a pair of picks ... Moffitt, a four-year starter, did not have any picks prior to this season ... Allen also has two fumble recoveries and has a pick in three of four games ... The defensive line has accounted for 15 of the team’s 16 sacks and 31 of the 51 tackles for loss ... USF is  fourth nationally in TFL with an average of 10.2 per game.

Secondary to None
USF’s secondary has proven early that it may be one of the best in America ... Currently, USF is ranked No. 30 in pass defense at 194 yards per game, but that does not tell the whole story ... The secondary has seven interceptions, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles ... Prior to West Virginia, the Bulls had only allowed 250 passing yards combined to Auburn and North Carolina ... Carolina was averaging 300-plus yards passing before USF held them to 85 and intercepted four passes on Sept. 22 ... Sophomore FS Nate Allen has three INT, while Trae Williams has two and Mike Jenkins ...  SS Carlton Williams has 3.5 TFL, one sack and 30 tackles this season ... The secondary as a whole already has 25 pass breakups, led by Trae Williams with seven and Jenkins with eight.

Trae & J
Seniors Trae Williams and Mike Jenkins are one of the most experienced CB combos in college football, the two combined for 68 career starts over their careers ... Combined they have 15 pass breakups and three INT this season ... Their lock-down cover abilities allow USF to funnel all of the offensive action to the middle of the field ... Both posted impressive numbers in the season opener ... Williams had five tackles, one for a loss and a pass breakup ... While Mike Jenkins had two pass breakups ... Jenkins followed that performance up with an interception late in the fourth quarter against Auburn that he nearly took in for a TD before stepping out of bounds at the three ... Trae Williams has two picks this season and nine over the last two years ... Recently, Mel Kiper of listed Mike Jenkins as the best senior CB prospect for the 2008 NFL Draft and the 10th best senior prospect on his “Big Board” ... Kiper has predicted that Trae Williams would be a second round selection ... Last season the two also teamed up for eight interceptions, seven of which belonged to Williams, tying a single season school record (with J.R. Reed) ... Williams’ seven picks also led the BIG EAST ... The duo has been sited as the best in the BIG EAST and the state of Florida by several outlets, including expert Mark Schlabach.

Ticket Update
The USF & UCF game is officially sold out as of Tuesday morning ... USF distributed 8,000 student tickets on Sunday night and an addition 3,500 between the regional campuses and the main campus on Monday and Tuesday ... 1,000 FREE student tickets remain for UCF and will be distributed at Sun Dome Box Office ... USF is also selling tickets in the upper bowl for Cincinnati and Louisville ...   Cincinnati returned 1,200 lower bowl tickets for the game on Nov. 3 ... The ticket office is prepping for sellouts in final two remaining games ... USF has sold its entire allotment (1,500) of tickets for the Rutgers game ... All ticket requests for away games should be made by the Friday prior to the game ... Away game tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 1-800-GoBulls.

20,000 Season Tickets Sold
A national ranking, two wins (at the time) and now another plateau in season tickets. The USF ticket office announced on Tuesday, Sept. 18 that it had surpassed 20,000 season tickets. At the end of the business day on Tuesday, USF’s season ticket total was up to 20,085. The record season ticket number of 20,619 was set in the inaugural season of 1997. 

Sophomores Starring
USF returned 16 starters this season and has quickly risen to national recognition despite being essentially a young team.  The Bulls are receiving award worthy play from their sophomore class.  At the top of that list are second year stars Matt Grothe, George Selvie and Nate Allen.

Selvie’s leading the country in sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (17.5) in five games this season. He was named Walter Camp National Player of the Week (9/23) for his 3 sacks and 5 TFLs against North Carolina.  He also received a “helmet sticker” on ESPN’s College Gameday Final the night of the game.

Grothe’s numbers and recognition as the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year speak for the themselves.   He has a 120.8 passer rating, five TD passes, 246 yards rushing and two TDs on the ground.

Nate Allen is putting himself all over the stat sheet with 3 INT, 35 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 tackle for loss.  Allen was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (9/10) and Nagurski National Player of the Week (9/11) after playing a part in three turnovers against Auburn.

USF has 15 underclassmen among its current projected starters on offense and defense.

Poll Position
In just its seventh season as a full-time member of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, the University of South Florida football team made its first appearance in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll and the AP Top 25 Poll on Sept. 16.  The Bulls debuted at No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 24 in the Coaches Poll on Sept. 16. They were a consensus No. 5 pick just 21 days later on Oct. 7.

Below are some notes:
• USF was ranked for the first time exactly 10 years and 10 days after its inaugural game against Kentucky Weslyan in 1997.
• USF rose at an unprecedented pace, earning an AP ranking 104 polls after becoming  a full-time, bowl eligible FBS member in 2001.
• Boise State had the previous record, getting ranked after 115 AP polls during their seventh season.
• USF became the fastest team in the modern era of college football to go from upstart NCAA FBS school to a top-10 ranking.  There was106 AP polls and 112 Coaches Polls since USF became a full-time FBS member in 2001.
• The same can be said about the top-5 ranking, which took USF 107 weeks to achieve.

Student Allotment Increases
After a turnout that exceeded the allotted number of seats for season opener against Elon, the University of South Florida athletics department has dramatically increased the number of tickets available to students for the remainder of the 2007 football season.
USF will now make 12,501 seats available to the student population.  The USF ticket office allotted 8,000 for the Elon game and a student attendance numbered of 8,600.
“Our students support and interest is off the charts and that is why we made the decision to allocate 12,000 seats for students for the rest of the season,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director Bill McGillis. “We had 8,600 for the opener and there is no question those numbers will grow. Student attendance is critical because they bring a level of energy, spirit and tradition that is unrivaled.  Our intent is to have the largest student section in the BIG EAST and we will.”
USF is the largest school in terms of enrollment, which tops out at over 44,000, in the BIG EAST and has the largest student section.

Monitoring Matt
Matt Grothe made quite a name for himself last year en route to BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year honors ...  He set a career high with 122 rushing yards against FAU ... It was just third time a USF quarterback has rushed for 100 yards ... Threw for 135 yards, including a 55-yard TD connection with Carlton Mitchell against West Virginia ... He had a streak of 136 passes without an interception snapped against the Mountaineers ... Grothe racked up 216 yards passing, the second highest single half total of his career, against UNC ... He built upon his legacy as a gamer by leading USF to a come-from-behind overtime win over Auburn ... After being sacked three times in the third quarter, Grothe went 6-8 for 75 passing yards, plus 25 rushing yards, and a TD pass in leading USF to the overtime win ... He began the 2007 season with 239 yards, two TDs and no picks against Elon ... The gun slinger attempted 39 passes, a career high, and completed 23 ... The Lakeland native threw for 2,576 yards on 202-317 passing while connecting on 15 touchdowns ... He also ran for 622 yards on 178 carries and rumbled for nine TD’s ... For his efforts last year Grothe has been named to the Manning and Maxwell Award watch lists.

Moffitt Anchors Defense
Ben Moffitt is the lone returnee out of USF’s stellar trio of linebackers from last season ... He is currently third on the team with 43 tackles and 7 tackles for loss ... He is ranked as the fifth best senior inside linebacker prospect for the NFL Draft ... The senior was named Camp & Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Year and BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after picking off two passes, including one for a TD, against West Virginia ... Moffitt also nine tackles, including two for a loss and a pass breakup vs. WVU ... He followed that effort with 11 tackles, seven solo, three TFL, two pass breakups, one third-down stop and one fourth-down stop in the Bulls win over Florida Atlantic  (Oct. 6) ... The senior currently has 43 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three interceptions and four pass breakups for one of the best defenses in the land ... He had He collected a TFL and his first career interception, followed by a 41 yard return against UNC ... He began the 2007 campaign with 10 tackles, eight assisted, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup against Elon ... During the 2006 campaign, Moffitt teamed up with Stephen Nicholas – now with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons – and Patrick St. Louis, who is one of the Bulls’ strength and conditioning coaches ... Last year Moffitt led the team in tackles with 112 and was third in tackles for a loss with 11 including four sacks ... During the summer Moffitt was named to the Bronko Nagurski Award and Butkus watch lists.

Built Ford Tough
True-freshman Mike Ford is third on the USF team in rushing yards with 212 (53.0 per game) and scoring (five TD, four rushing) ... He did not play against FAU ... Ford ran for 42 yards, including 35 on his opening carry, against West Virginia ... Had just 13 yards rushing against UNC, but broke the scoring open with a five yard TD run in the first quarter ... The Sarasota native ran for 74 yards, including 59 in the first half, and 1 TD at Auburn ... He set USF freshman debut record with 3 TDs, two rushing and one receiving against Elon ...  The debut record, regardless of class, for TD in a USF debut was four by Jermaine Clemons in USF’s inaugural game (9-6-97) ... Ford had runs of 21 and 48 yards, which accounted for a large chunk of his 83 yards on six carries ...  After the game when Ford was asked about breaking two tackles on his 48-yard run, he just said that his style was, “Ford Tough” ... ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale, who lives in Sarasota, put himself among the Ford backers after watching him as a high schooler and hearing about his production in the USF opener ... No USF freshman has ever run for 100 yards in their debut.

September Numbers
USF owns a 26-17 record in the month of September ...  This September was the first time in program history that USF has won four games in the opening month and the second time it has gone undefeated ... The Bulls were 3-0 in September of 1998 ... The Bulls have won three games in the in the opening month of the two prior seasons ... In 2005 USF went 3-1 with the lone loss coming to Penn State in the opener ... In 2006, the Bulls were 3-2 with wins in the first three games before narrow losses to Kansas and Rutgers.

Home Cooking
USF has only lost two home games over the last two seasons and just eight since the 2000 season.  The Bulls have recorded one home loss or gone undefeated in eight of 10 years.  USF plays six home games in 2007 and is 3 -0 at Raymond James Stadium so far.

Denson Closes the Books
WR Courtney Denson has already earned a BA in communications from USF.  What makes his graduation even more impressive is that he transferred from Auburn, but didn’t allow the change of scenery to slow his academic pursuits.  He is currently pursuing a second major in Africana Studies.

USF Honors Dorsey & Camon
The 2007 USF Bulls have two stickers, bearing the initials “JC” and “KD,” for former Bulls defensive back Javan Camon, who died after a collision in an indoor football game in February, and Keeley Dorsey, the freshman running back who collapsed and died during a team conditioning workout in January. 

USF also observed a moment of silence in honor of Dorsey, Camon and late Sun Dolls coach Caroline Wiren, who died in May due to complications from labor, prior to the Elon game.

Time to Stand Out
For redshirt-freshman Carlton Mitchell, it is time to make his own name in a circle of family and friends that is full of standouts. 

Mitchell’s mother, Angela, is the cut “man” for professional boxer Antonio Tarver.  The cut man position is a male dominated occupation and Angela is considered a pioneer in the sport of boxing.

Tarver and Carlton have been close friends since the Bull wide receiver was 12. He is also close friends with Tarver’s son, Antonio Jr..  Antonio Jr. is  a freshman point guard at Daytona Beach Community College.

Carlton’s father, Carl, is 6 feet 8 and played pro basketball in Europe for 12 years.  His half-brother, Carl Jr., is 6-10 and playing professionally in the Domincan Replublic.

In his first collegiate season, Mitchell has 9 receptions for 108 yards.  He made Sportscenter’s “Top-10 Plays” on the night of the West Virginia game (Sept. 28) after his 55-yard catch and score against the Mountaineers.  Mitchell tip-toed the sideline after catching the ball on a crossing route before easily scoring.  It was his first career TD.

Is That The Wing Tee?
USF unveiled a new formation in its win over Elon that reminds many of the famed Wing Tee.  The Bulls lined up three running backs and stocked the line with two tight ends.  Senior RB Ben Williams was flanked by Jamar Taylor and Mike Ford in the setup.  USF used the formation twice against the Phoenix.  USF has used the formation a number of times this season.

Tolley Back With Team
After saying in camp that he was going to call it career, sophomore OT Danny Tolley has decided to return to the team.  Tolley has battled a severe groin injury and a great deal of pain that accompanied the injury.  Tolley played in 11 games in 2006. On the subject, Coach Leavitt has said, “He is showing great courage.”




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