We have well documented this off season that the USF Bulls as a team and QB Quinton Flowers specifically, have more interest and attention on them than any preseason build up in program history.
Now, the work begins.
On Monday, the Bulls opened up their preparation on the earliest date ever for a season (July 24th) with the team getting ready for live action beginning Saturday August 26th at San Jose State.
As you probably know if you follow college football in the state, much less USF specifically, the Bulls were voted the overwhelming favorite to win the American Athletic Conference title at the media kickoff in Rhode Island last week.
And, most of the individual attention will be on arguably one of the two or three most dangerous dual threat QB’s in the nation, in Flowers. He returns as the AAC Offensive Player of the Year after having broken several Bulls records in 2016. Flowers spoke after Monday’s initial workout about all the hype building for the Green and Gold.
It was also the first camp practice for new head coach Charlie Strong, who despite his failing at Texas, is poised to launch USF into national attention the way he did for Louisville a few years ago. Strong led the Cardinals to a 23-3 record his last two seasons, including their stunning beatdown of the Gators in the 2013 Sugar Bowl. And he’s got a great chance to have big time success immediately in Tampa.
The biggest challenge for Strong will be to fortify a USF defense that has some talent, but far too often got easily beaten and put the Bulls offense in “scorefest” scenarios to win games. They gave up at least 30 points six times a year ago, yet still won four of those games.
Strong knows that Monday was only the first step:
Practice just that, practice, but there is definitely hype for USF to make a run not only at the AAC championship, but beyond.
The work has just begun.