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See what head coach Charlie Strong had to say after the win Saturday.

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South Florida Bulls head coach Charlie Strong held his weekly press conference with the media on Monday—his only availability this week—and we were there to ask questions about the comeback victory over Georgia Tech and look forward to Illinois at Solider Field on Saturday.

We mentioned it after the game, but the second half playcalling by offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert was flawless. The Daily Stampede haven’t been kind to Gilbert over the last year or so, but he deserves a ton of credit for how he called the game.

The Bulls ran 35 offensive plays in the second half, only five didn’t go for positive yards. And only one of those plays went for negative yards. GT had absolutely no answer for #AirBnB Blake Barnett and company.

“I told the defense, ‘hold them to a field goal and get the ball back for our offense because we were gonna go score,” Strong said. “I told the defensive coaches ‘I don’t care if these guys gain 1,000 yards, just win the game.’”

Sophomore DT Kevin Kegler “played the game of his life” according to Strong and also destroyed Yellow Jackets’ quarterback TaQuon Marshall on a blindside sack on fourth down.

“I never would’ve expected that from him,” Strong said. “I told him ‘I bet you five plays in of them cutting you and you’ll be done for the day’. He replied ‘Coach, are you still waiting for me to come out?’”

Injury Update:

Redshirt freshman Duran Bell saw his first game action after sitting out the season opener versus Elon and didn’t disappoint. Bell rushed for 69 yards and added a 14-yard TD to briefly give the Bulls the lead in the third quarter. Bell missed the entirety of the 2017 season due to a left knee injury. Hopefully it’s not something too serious.

Culpepper on the other hand is a conundrum. We don’t believe he’s still injured or being forced to sit out due to a rules violation. We believe he’s taking care of some things and will be back on the field at some point this season.