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Coming off another win over UConn, head coach Willie Taggart and players addressed the media leading towards a Friday night game at Temple.

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The Bulls travel to Temple on a short week as they look to become the first 7-1 team in program history.

The team practiced Sunday, Monday and today and their next day off will be on Saturday. They have not had a day off since last Monday so keeping their bodies fresh and healthy are a top priority.

“We need to get our bodies right to recover the best we can for this short week,” center Cameron Ruff said. “Everyone’s gonna be banged up at this point in the season and we just gotta stay fresh.”

Ruff and company are making a good case for it. They’ve allowed only eight sacks on the year while leading the way for a rushing attack that is averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Quinton Flowers and Marlon Mack are on pace to be the first dual 1000-yard rushers in USF history.

Saturday was the first time the Bullshark defense held an opponent under 100 yards rushing. They have a decent shot at it again this week at Temple, who have been held under 100 yards three times this year.

The Owls offensive line averages 308 pounds, and only one player is under 300 lbs (298). The line is bookended by two 6’5”, 320-pound tackles in LT Dion Dawkins and RT Leon Johnson. The defensive end rotation is going to have to be able to set the edge and disengage their man to stop the run.

Taggart put it on the players to take pride in holding onto the ball. “They have our players’ dreams, goals and aspirations in their hands.”

Taggart said that Flowers TD run was one of the best he’s ever seen. And he’s probably not wrong.

Big 12 news:

“It would be so disrespectful for Temple or any other of our American (Athletic Conference) brethren to worry about any other conference,” Taggart said.

Injury Update:

Bronson was leapfrogged by WR Tyre McCants in the starting lineup over the past couple of weeks. If Bronson can’t go, expect a greater role for Barr and Salomon.

These two injuries may not seem like they go together, but the way Taggart answered each question about them may have given more information that the words he said. He had a very measured answer about Hoggins but was very quick to say Dillon will be ready to play: “He’s back.”