South Florida is 2-5 in Willie Taggart’s first season in Tampa, with losses to FCS side McNeese State and Florida Atlantic to their name. The Bulls were dropped, 34-3, by Louisville last weekend, but do have wins over 0-7 UConn and 5-2 Cincinnati.
But, via the Tampa Tribune’s Mike Manganello comes this:
South Florida quarterbacks have completed 40.4 percent of their passes this year, are averaging 5.05 yards per attempt and have four touchdowns to seven interceptions. A hamstring injury to top running back Marcus Shaw (86 carries, 552 yards, two touchdowns) has only further muted the Bulls’ offense.
From 2006-2010, South Florida won 42 games. That feels like eons ago.
Miami made a trip to Tampa to play South Florida and the Hurricanes are already on cruise control, leading 35-7 at the half. Quarterback Stephen Morris left the game with a left ankle injury but not before throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Duke Johnson has rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown as well, but was examined for what looked to be a concussion at one point. He did return to the game.
Miami opened the game with a touchdown run by Dallas Crawford on the game’s opening possession, but South Florida responded. Steven Bench, the Penn State quarterback transfer making his first start, and running back Marcus Shaw led the Bulls 74 yards down field for a touchdown to tie the game early on. But it has been all Miami since.
Miami strung together 28 straight points, including a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone. The Hurricanes put together 17 first downs to South Florida’s four and have seen an incredible advantage in the passing game. Morris and his back-up Ryan Williams have combined for 301 passing yards while Bench has been held to just two completions for 16 yards.
There are some mistakes Miami can clean up though. Miami has fumbled three times and lost two, including one by Johnson inside the South Florida 10-yard line. Miami’s defense would make up for it though by knocking the football loose from Bench in the end zone and pouncing on it for a touchdown.
Yes, Michael Dyer is still looking for a new school. And now that the supplemental draft has come and gone, the college game is Dyer’s only real option for 2013.
In an interview with ESPN’s Joe Schad earlier this month, Dyer said he’s understandably been having a hard time finding programs interested in taking him given his off-the-field baggage. Dyer said he was interested in Arkansas, even if it meant walking on, but the Razorbacks have not reciprocated any interest. Dyer’s been away from the game for a year as well. In 2012, he landed at Arkansas Baptist, where he sat out the football season to focus on academics.
The few schools reportedly interested in Dyer in any way were Western Kentucky, Troy, and FCS-level Illinois State.
Could USF be another? Schad tweeted Sunday evening that Dyer was in Tampa this weekend and that “USF is a school to watch” for Dyer going forward.
New Bulls coach Willie Taggart has a recent history of strong running games from his time at Western Kentucky and Stanford, and Dyer, despite his off-the-field concerns, is a proven workhorse on the field. USF could use an upgrade in the department right now as senior Marcus Shaw is the team’s leading returning rusher with 248 yards last season.