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USF Football Press Conference: Navy

Coach Strong met with the media Monday morning.

NCAA Football: South Florida at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Strong opened his media availability speaking about Saturday’s comeback win against BYU. He said it was a good win for the team. He was happy with how the team battled back in the game. He specifically praised the offensive line for getting better as the game went on.

When asked about the improvement by the offensive line group, Strong stated that the group was just coming off the ball better. He also thought that they have raised their collective physicality as well.

Strong then went on to discuss this week’s opponent, Navy. Strong stressed the need for discipline on both sides of the ball.

The discipline on defense will especially be key. Strong stated that being assignment sound is going to be a big key to stopping the Navy flexbone attack. He gave the example that if a certain defensive player has the dive, he must take the dive every time. As soon as that defensive player tries to freelance and leaves the dive early, the defense will get creased.

The USF offense will also have a tough test against the Navy defense. Strong said Navy likes to move and slant on defense. They also will put eight players in the box to stop the run.

Strong said that the ball control of the Navy offense also benefits their defense by limiting their opponent’s possessions. Due to limited possessions, Strong stated that the offense must get off to a fast start this week.


  • Strong stated that Jordan McCloud had some bumps and bruises, but should be fine. He also said that Blake Barnett would not play.
  • Strong said that there is no update on Johnny Ford. Our very own Nathan Bond reported here , before the UConn game, that Ford’s suspension would be indefinite. Looks like it may continue for a while longer.
  • When asked about personnel, Coach Strong said that they want to continue to get more looks at guys. However, a lot of the personnel decisions will revolve around finding depth rather than new starters.
  • Speaking of depth, their was no depth chart released this week
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