Monday afternoon marks the start of the 2017 AAC Media Days in Newport, RI and many eyes will be on USF, and what is potentially a break out year that could see them end up in a New Year’s Day Bowl.
To start, Charlie Strong is stepping in as new head coach after Willie Taggart’s departure to Oregon. Strong will be accompanied by quarterback Quinton Flowers and linebacker Auggie Sanchez. And, the spotlight will be truly focused on USF’s biggest star in Flowers.
Flowers is a returning senior and is expected to have the most anticipated season by a single player in USF football history. He has already broken USF’s single season records for total offense, rushing yards and total touchdowns. He is the reigning American Athletic Offensive Player of the Year, as well as the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Performer of the Year award.
However far the Bulls can go, it will be Flowers leading that charge. He has spent the off-season preparing and learning about coach Strong from friend and former athlete under Strong, Teddy Bridgewater. Flowers knows the potential the Bulls have and is ready to show the Nation what USF can do.
Sanchez is a senior who led the Bull’s defense in tackles last year with 120, only one tackle off the single season record. He is a two time All-Conference second team selection and was a 2016 Butkus Award Candidate. Sanchez has 303 career tackles that rank second nationally among players who are returning for the 2017 season.
An early favorite in the East, coach Strong will look to have USF capitalize on last year’s 11-2 season. Coach Strong has a talented core of players that are returning for the Bulls, including Flowers and Sanchez to lead the defense.
Many eyes will be on USF at the AAC Media Days in Newport, RI, as well as during the season. Strong and Flowers will take center stage there Tuesday morning.