South Florida Bulls: An Update Heading Towards the Spring Game
As college football turns the calendar its springtime. The South Florida Bulls are just 3 weeks away from their spring game. We all know there have been changes in the coaching staff and players. The Bulls as we know are looking to have a turn around season after the disappointing one in 2018. Head coach Charlie Strong knows what the alumni and fans are excepting. Here is a little update on what is going on in Bulls country. New offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell now will have the next 3 weeks to get his system in place. This will give Charlie Strong to try and restate his swagger from the season where the Bulls went 11-2.
This will also give some players a chance to break out. On defense cornerback McArthur Burnett which started his career with the Florida Gators. He should be one of the players that will contend for the spot that Mazzi Wilkins once held. There will be some substantial changes on defense. Some breakout players on offense are as follows. Left tackle Donovan Jennings started 4 games for the Bulls in 2018. He has a good shot at being one of the highest possible tackles in the draft in 2020. Quarterback Jordan McCloud will possibly be a backup to Blake Barnett. The Bulls saw both Brett Kean and Chris Oladokun transferred. He has an underrated arm. At wide receiver, Eddie McDoom is a Michigan transfer and ran many jet sweeps. This will be a huge part in Bell’s offense.
Positions that are being looked at are linebacker, receiver, and safety. At linebacker, the Bulls have some holes. Khalid McGee graduated, and Nico Sawtelle is still banged up. Greg Reaves also has announced he is moving back to defensive line. In fact, one of the players that stood out a year ago was Dwayne Boyles. He had 20 tackles and will need to continue the path. Others to watch are Andre Polk and Antonio Grier. Strong also signed three linebackers in December.
Like the linebacker position wide receiver is another position that has holes. The Bulls lost two big ones a year ago. The biggest weapon from last year was Tyre McCants. The other loss came in a player that was asked to leave in Darnell Saloman. The Bulls are hoping that Terrence Horne came come back and be an impact after tearing his ACL last year. Like I said above look for McDoom to be a standout. The one position that needs consistency is the safety position. The Bulls were solid at some points of the year at this position. Second-year players Nick Roberts, Mekhi LaPointe, and Bentlee Sanders had bright moments but not enough. They will need to find themselves again and some young players to step up. Nonetheless, let’s see how new coaches Steve Ellis and Bryan Hill will impact this position.
The Bulls will be coming back into the 2019 season with rehabbing players. At quarterback, Blake Barnett will be returning from a shoulder injury. He hired a dietician to help lose some weight and his rehab has been good. The second I listed above in Terrence Horne. Horne set an NCAA record last year against Georgia Tech with multiple kick returns for touchdowns. At this point, Nico Sawtelle has been a non-contact jersey so he still recovering. One of the bright returns besides Mitchell Wilcox is Jordan Cronkrite. Cronkrite had a 1000-yard season in 2018. He will rejoin Johnny Ford and what was a great running game a year ago.
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