The USF Bulls are preparing for their second season under Coach Charlie Strong and will host their spring game Saturday on campus at Corbett Field.
The Bulls enjoyed a tremendously successful year one of the Strong Era. Though, they’ve lost one of the best players in the school’s history in QB Quinton Flowers, and replacing him won’t be easy.
Let’s get right into some things to watch for in the Bulls Spring game.
Let’s just “pull the band-aid right off” and get right to it. The Bulls have to replace Flowers, the most successful offensive weapon the Bulls have ever had and lead this year’s team on offense. The man for the job isn’t known yet, but it is a race between two players. Fourth-Year junior Brett Kean and third-year sophomore and Tampa product Chris Oladokun are both gunning for the top spot with neither in the lead or behind. Gilbert says both “can touch any part of the field” with their throws, Oladokun’s arm may have the edge, If you’re also into the mobility thing Oladokun probably has him beat as well. Kean though has served as the primary backup each of the last two seasons. No matter how either fare Saturday don’t expect a starter to be named right after.
Yes, you read that right I am saying to watch out for special teams in a spring game. Here is why: walk-ons Jake Vivonetto and Marco Salani, and new punter Trent Schneider have all competed to this point. Emilio Nadelman was great for the Bulls, and he was first team all-conference.
Having a great kicker is big. Just ask any Bucs fan.
See if any of these names step up in the competition, or if another name comes up from now until the start of the season.
Replacing Flowers won’t be a one-man job. While we will see a new QB, not all the yards Flowers gathered will be expected to be picked up by the new QB. TE Mitch Wilcox should enjoy a breakout season. Look for him to impact the spring game early and often. After lighting up UCF last November, WR Tyre McCants should be the top option with Marquez Valdes-Scantling gone.
RB Elijah Mack has emerged as a threat in the backfield perhaps jumping Florida transfer Jordan Cronkrite both figure to be a big part of the offense.
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