The USF Bulls enjoyed a fantastic season last year going 11-2 with a bowl win over South Carolina. Quarterback Quinton Flowers enjoyed a breakout season 2,812 passing and 1,530 rushing yards taking home American Conference Player of the Year honors and emerging into national spotlight.
While the Bulls went on to lose head coach Willie Taggart to Oregon, they were able to make a splash of their own bringing back Charlie Strong from Texas back to Florida. Strong will look to improve the Bulls dismal 120th ranked defense to match the 11th ranked offense.
But perhaps just as big as Strong’s hire though, is a man that may be able to make the offense even better. Enter Sterlin Gilbert, who last year at Texas completely resurrected the group, as their play caller.
Behind a freshman quarterback and mostly underclassman wide outs Texas ranked 16th in total offense and averaged only 10 yards less than last year’s Bulls. Before Gilbert arrived, the Longhorns struggled to a 92nd ranked offense. Gilbert’s previous gig with a Tulsa team led by Dane Evans had 4,332 passing yards in 2015 ranked 13th in total offense.
It’s clear Gilbert knows a thing or two about putting together an up tempo, high powered offense. Freshman Shane Buechele had a 21/11 Td-INT ratio, a 60.4% completion percentage, and 2,958 passing yards and had Longhorn fans salivating.
If Gilbert can put a freshman in position to produce those numbers the sky is the limit for what he and Flowers can do together.