On Tuesday morning the press gathered about the Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center for head coach Willie Taggart’s weekly press conference, and there was a line waiting to get in the door...
I know #USF football is popular nowadays. But, guys, come on. It was JUST Towson. pic.twitter.com/ohObKtUIlq— Jeff Odom (@jeffodom) September 6, 2016
Or it was for the Hillary Clinton rally at Campus Rec, we can’t be sure.
DB Devin Abraham represented the defense and gave his thoughts on how things went on Saturday and looked ahead to Northern Illinois.
Abraham said that he thought the defense played well on Saturday and he knows there are things that need to be cleaned up. He said that they got caught looking in the backfield when they got burned for a deep ball that didn’t go for a touchdown because Jaymon Thomas was able to make the tackle.
Abraham said he was expecting Jaymon Thomas to play as well as he did on Saturday.— The Daily Stampede (@StampedeSBN) September 6, 2016
Thomas finished the night tied for the team lead in tackles (7) with fellow DB Tajee Fullwood and linebacker Auggie Sanchez. He also added one tackle-for-loss and recovered a fumble.
Asked what offense NIU reminds him of, @DAbraham20 says the most comparable is Memphis.— Jeff Odom (@jeffodom) September 6, 2016
"We're gonna lock in on (NIU WR Kenny Golladay)"— The Daily Stampede (@StampedeSBN) September 6, 2016
The Bulls defense is going to have to do a better job than Wyoming did bottling up Huskies star wide receiver Kenny Golladay who caught 10 passes for 144 yards and added 82 yards and a score on the ground.
Golladay is a "tall, talented. rangy receiver"— The Daily Stampede (@StampedeSBN) September 6, 2016
"Get guys to the ball, maybe hope he gets a stomach flu" Taggart joked about stopping Golladay— The Daily Stampede (@StampedeSBN) September 6, 2016
Golladay is a freak athlete who is 6-4, 200 pounds and is six inches taller than Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols. Expect a lot of safety help on whatever side Golladay lines up on.
Taggart said Marlon Mack is doing well. Still listed as questionable, but "We heal differently around here."— The Daily Stampede (@StampedeSBN) September 6, 2016
Taggart seemed optimistic about running back Marlon Mack returning for Saturday’s game but as Collin pointed out yesterday:
We might "heal differently around here," but that doesn't apply to your brain. Ever.— Collin Sherwin (@USFCollin) September 5, 2016
With Darius Tice and D’Ernest Johnson still around, the Bulls should be fine missing #MackAttack for a week. They will need him more week three at Syracuse and week four vs FSU.
Trevon Sands may get some playing time IF Mack is out for Saturday. "Hopefully it doesn't come to that" regarding Mack being back in time.— The Daily Stampede (@StampedeSBN) September 6, 2016
Taggart was knocking furiously on the lectern while saying that.
Taggart said the short kickoffs on Saturday were by design and said he will look to improve on kick coverage and tackling— The Daily Stampede (@StampedeSBN) September 6, 2016
Today marks 20 years to the date that USF football had their inaugural game on September 6th 1997 vs Kentucky Wesleyan, an 80-3 romp at the old Sombrero.
Willie Taggart was in Bowling Green, Kentucky when USF played their first game 20 years ago today.— The Daily Stampede (@StampedeSBN) September 6, 2016
Taggart also sold Coke’s at the stadium as a kid for his youth football team.