By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – The Bulls have made it through 14 grueling practices and have one last chance to “do something” 5 p.m. Saturday during the USF spring game at Raymond James Stadium.
“A lot of them will be evaluated on this game when it’s game-like reps and the coaches aren’t there to tell you what to do at times,” head coach Willie Taggart said Friday. “Now you have to go and take care of business yourself.”
While Coach T will be watching the whole operation as the game’s commissioner, let’s take a look at some key positions to keep an eye on as the Green Machine takes on the White Squad with a tasty steak dinner on the line. The loser has to settle for hot dogs and beans.
1. Quarterbacks: Bobby Eveld and Matt Floyd have taken a ton of reps in USF’s new system and it’s time to see them take command of the offense as the battle for the starting job heats up. Eveld will lead the Green Machine and Taggart has been impressed with the senior’s accuracy lately.
2. Cornerbacks: Coach T has said nobody has seized control of a starting job just yet and the list of main candidates includes Josh Brown, Kenneth Durden, Torrel Saffold and Brandon Salinas. Taggart wants to see the secondary get aggressive while taking chances to make plays, which is something Bulls fans will certainly welcome.
3. Running backs: Marcus Shaw has made plays in the past when called upon and now it’s time to see if the senior can handle a large workload against a talented defensive line. Junior Michael Pierre has made a name for himself this spring and it will be fun to watch each back try to make Green Machine defenders miss.
4. Tight Ends: A pro-style offense means much more work for USF’s tight ends, which makes Sean Price and Mike McFarland very happy Bulls. Both are very physical and have the skills to make the biggest plays of the spring game.
5. Placekickers: Junior Marvin Kloss (Green Machine) has a slight edge in the competition to replace USF all-time scoring leader Maikon Bonani, while freshman Emilio Nadelman has made a great first impression. It will be interesting to see how both kickers handle the pressure in a game-like situation.
Admission to the spring game is free. Parking also is free and is available in lots 6 and 6D on the South side of the stadium. Lots will open at 2 p.m. Fans can enter through Gate C starting at 4 p.m. Take a look at the spring game rosters HERE and see you at the game.