The voice of USF Athletics routinely puts down his radio headset and picks up the pen to share his perspective on the history of USF Athletics.
Louk has been broadcasting games for 29 years and is the resident historian in the Athletics Department hallways.
Voice of the USF Bulls
The Bulls face UConn for the 10th time in program history Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, and it might be wise to prepare for another close game.
USF has won four of the nine previous games, with five being decided by a touchdown or less. Many have been low scoring affairs, and that's a possibility as well for this weekend. UConn has the 10th ranked defense in the nation, even after allowing 40 points its last time out against Syracuse.
One of the key factors in this game will be injuries. UConn is coming off a bye week; it hasn't played since Friday, Oct. 19. USF is coming off a physical game against Syracuse that saw more Bulls injured that in any other game in recent memory.
A clear reason why teams like to build depth can be seen at the receiver position for USF. Not long ago, we were wondering if there were enough footballs to go around for all the talented pass catchers USF had stockpiled. Now, injuries have claimed Sterling Griffin, Derrick Hopkins, Evan Landi and many more, and the Bulls receiving corps will look a lot different this weekend. Look for key contributions from Deonte Welch, Terrence Mitchell, and tight ends Sean Price and Mike McFarland.
Expect Demetris Murray and Marcus Shaw to handle the bulk of the running duties with Lindsay Lamar gone. Lamar, who had rushed for 255 yards in the last two weeks, may be the biggest loss of all for the USF offense after suffering a shoulder injury that will most likely end his USF career.
And youth will be served on the offensive line, with freshmen Thor Jozwiak and Brynjar Gudmundsson expected to fill in for Mark Popek and Danous Estenor.
Defensively, the Bulls are still looking for answers on the defensive line, where Ryne Giddins will be out. USF will benefit if, as expected, Tevin Mims is able to return to the lineup.
UConn mixes the run and the pass well; almost a 50/50 split. Although Chandler Whitmer will be its quarterback most of the time, look for the change-up when No. 11 Scott McCummings enters the game as a wildcat option.
Radio coverage begins on 98.7 The Fan in Tampa at 5 p.m. and along the USF-IMG Network at 6 p.m.. Satellite radio coverage of our broadcast is on Sirius 136 and XM 195 this week. Television is ESPNU.
The home games are dwindling. After this it's a bye week, then trips to Miami and Cincinnati before USF finishes the regular season against Pitt at Raymond James Stadium. See you at the game Saturday.
The voice of the Bulls, Jim Louk, offers his perspective of USF Athletics, both past and present.
For 29 years, Jim Louk has been the voice of USF Athletics.
Louk came to USF in 1983 as the radio play-by-play announcer for the USF men's basketball team and served as the lead voice until the conclusion of the 1996-97 season. He then made the transition to football in USF's inaugural 1997 campaign, and still serves as the team's play-by-play announcer today. Louk will come into the 2012 football season having broadcast every Bulls football game in history - a span of 177 games.
He has handled USF TV play by play broadcasts on SportsChannel, Fox Sports Florida, and Brighthouse Sports Network. His career includes over 1,500 play by play broadcasts of USF events, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer and volleyball.
This series of articles for GoUSFBulls.com began in 2010.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Louk is a 1979 graduate of the University of Bridgeport where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism. Louk and his wife Barbara reside in Lutz. Their son Ross is a sophomore in college.