The report out of Bulls247.com:
I've spoken with multiple sources over the past two days that have informed me USF is making the switch to a spread offense.
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THERE'S A CHANCE WE'RE GOING TO BE A WATCHABLE FOOTBALL TEAM AGAIN!! HALLEJULAH!!
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There are, of course, downsides here:
* We've spent two years recruiting to pound the ball... and now we're going to recruit to throw/run the ball with smaller more mobile linemen again. That can't be good.
* I tend to doubt that Willie Taggart, he of the "we're going to run the ball" at his opening press conference, is doing this willingly. He's asked everyone involved to commit to this offensive system... and now that's out the window. Does this hurt his credibility with players, recruits, and other coaches?
Otherwise... yeah I got nothing.
This is Florida. We've got kids all over the state that can run like deer and jump like rabbits. Putting speed/quickness athletes in position to make plays is absolutely the best formula for winning at a mid-tier school in this state. USF needs to run a scheme to the talent available; not trying to come in with a scheme and attempting to acquire the right talent.
Remember: you can run out of the spread even more than you throw it. You don't have to chuck it all over the place to be a spread team (that's more the Air Raid style), but with a spread you're attempting to put athletes in space. You zone block with your linemen more, asking them to use their quickness and leverage to open holes. And you put playmakers on the field and ask them to make plays.
You also most likely don't end up 126th out of 128 in America in plays per game and 127th in adjusted pace (only ahead of UConn). USF has a fan enthusiasm problem and an attendance problem. Being exciting on the field will be helpful to generating excitement off of it.
It also gives USF fans something to be excited about for 2015. And that's some hope that's been in short supply for a long time now.