USF women learn the ins and outs of Bulls football

The fourth USF Women’s Football Clinic was held on Saturday. There were over thirty women who showed up at 9:00 A.M. when the event kicked off. The clinic had many different phases throughout the day.

“In the morning we started upstairs in our team room,” says Executive Assistant Julia Reed, “We broke down offense, defense and special teams. We just broke it down. What is football? What does behind the scenes look like?”

After a morning filled with Q&A sessions with the wives of coaches and the players, there was a 50/50 raffle and a silent action. Some of the prizes included a signed football helmet by USF head football coach Willy Taggart, t-shirts and more.

The afternoon was more hands on, with the ladies going down to the practice field. They were put through the same drills that the players do on a daily basis. These drills helped teach the ladies the importance of throwing accuracy, footwork, proper technique of tackling and more.

USF President Judy Genshaft also attended the event.

“Today was double wonderful because we had the women’s football clinic this morning and later this afternoon is our spring game,” said Genshaft.

After the woman’s clinic was over, the men played their annual football spring game.

 

USF holds vibrant rally in preparation for FSU showdown

The University of South Florida hosts a festive and optimistic pep rally to prepare for the game against Florida State University. Students gathered around cheering on the USF football players as they enjoyed the energetic vibes.

This game is expected to be a sold out event USF student Lera Koch said, “It’s the first game since I have been at USF that is going to be a 300 level for students section and actually for all fans in general; so I think its going to be super awesome I think the energy is going to be crazy.”

For a university that lacks school pride, the pep rally was full of pride and hope for a victory against FSU.

“FSU is going to get demolished by the bulls they have no chance against us,” said Juan Garcia a fan who chanted green and gold throughout the pep rally.

There is no doubt that the fans will cheer on the green and gold after the USF football team defeated Syracuse giving the bulls hope for a win considering FSU loss against Louisville.

The USF football team has evolved and is ready to take on FSU, with a body of students who chant loud and proud “Go Bulls.”

 

NFL hopefuls show off their skills at USF pro day

Football is no longer just a game for a group of former Bulls turned NFL hopefuls, it’s a business. And these 14 prospects participated in their first job interview March 21 at the Frank Morsani Football Complex during USF’s annual pro day.

For this interview, a button-up shirt and tie were not required. Instead, skin-tight gray shirts with neon green lettering stretched over the bodies of these young, ambitious athletes as they attempted to leap, run and muscle their way into an NFL camp.

Photo by Jacob Hoag. Participants Eric Lee, Sean Price and Marlon Pope slip in a few jokes and memories before drills commence at Monday's pro day. This was the first time all of the 14 attendees had been together since their loss to Western Kentucky back in February.
Participants Eric Lee, Sean Price and Marlon Pope slip in a few jokes and memories before drills commence at USF’s pro day. This was the first time all of the 14 attendees had been together since their loss to Western Kentucky back in February.  Photo by Jacob Hoag.

 

Photo by Jacob Hoag. Former USF defensive end Eric Lee runs the cone drill at Monday's combine shortly after running the day's third-best 40-yard dash at 4.56 seconds. Lee weighed in at 254 pounds of solid muscle.
Former USF defensive end Eric Lee runs the cone drill at USF’s pro day shortly after running the day’s third-best 40-yard dash at 4.56 seconds. Lee weighed in at 254 pounds. Photo by Jacob Hoag.
Photo by Jacob Hoag Wincing in fatigue, son of a former 1986 first-round draft pick, guard Thor Jozwiak, has far more obstacles in his path to an NFL job. Jozwiak is slated to go undrafted in May's draft.
Wincing in fatigue, son of a former 1986 first-round draft pick, guard Thor Jozwiak, has far more obstacles in his path to an NFL job. Jozwiak is slated to go undrafted in the upcoming NFL draft. Photo by Jacob Hoag.
Photo by Jacob Hoag. Arguably USF's top NFL draft prospect, safety Jamie Byrd looks on as he was unable to participate in most of Monday's drills due to a nagging hamstring injury. Byrd will attend a local workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 15th. His times and drills will be recorded there.
Arguably USF’s top NFL draft prospect, safety Jamie Byrd looks on as he was unable to participate in most of USF’s pro day drills due to a nagging hamstring injury. Byrd will attend a local workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 15. His times and drills will be recorded there. Photo by Jacob Hoag.
Photo by Jacob Hoag Former USF defensive lineman James Hamilton lunges at the pads during a slew of positional drills. Weighing in at 308 pounds, Hamilton was one of the heaviest participants.
Former USF defensive lineman James Hamilton lunges at the pads during a slew of positional drills. Weighing in at 308 pounds, Hamilton was one of the heaviest participants. Photo by Jacob Hoag.
Photo by Jacob Hoag. Former backup quarterback for the Bulls Steven Bench throws a scripted sequence of passes for NFL and CFL scouts on hand. Bench had arguably the most impressive showing at Monday's pro day running a 4.55 40-yard dash and leading all participants with a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump.
Former backup quarterback for the Bulls, Steven Bench, throws a scripted sequence of passes for NFL and CFL scouts on hand. Bench had arguably the most impressive showing at USF’s pro day running a 4.55 40-yard dash and leading all participants with a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump. Photo by Jacob Hoag.
Photo by Jacob Hoag. Tight end Sean price shows athleticism after being medically cleared to resume physical activities three weeks ago afollowing a PCL injury in USF's February bowl game. He ran a 4.7 40-yard-dash in Monday's pro day.
Tight end Sean price shows athleticism after being medically cleared to resume physical activities three weeks prior following a PCL injury in USF’s February bowl game. He ran a 4.7 40-yard dash at USF’s pro day. Photo by Jacob Hoag.

Behind the action at USF Football

The USF football team picked up its third straight win with a 38-14 victory over SMU on Oct. 24th, winning three straight games for the first time since starting 4-0 in 2011. While the team had a strong showing on the field, take a look at a few of the stories on what goes on behind the action on game day at Raymond James Stadium.

USF mascot a product of student petitioning

TAMPA, Fl.– Rocky D. Bull is an icon most known for his appearances at USF sporting events. The USF mascot’s history goes back some 50 years and is an essential piece of USF’s heritage, student life and athletic competitions.

“Higher-ups in the administration of USF wanted to have a mascot designated, so they left it up to the students,” USF Associate Librarian Andrew Huse said.

Students came forward with different suggestions including the Buccaneer, the Desert Rats and the Golden Brahman.

“A lot of people don’t know that Florida has a cattle history going back many centuries… and I think it was clear early on that the administration liked this one,” Huse said.

Conflict arose when the Buccaneer was the declared winner of the first student vote by a margin of three votes. Upon the naming committee’s discovery of a junior college in Pensacola already using the pirate as a mascot, a student petitioned for a referendum where the Golden Brahman Bull won.

When it comes to modern day Rocky, he is no longer a Brahman Bull. As just USF’s bull, he is now a nationally recognized mascot.

“Back in 2013 when Rocky won the Capital One Mascot challenge… It was a long season and every week we’d have to keep on voting and I remember by the end for our school to win, it was a big deal,” said USF cheerleader Heath Rinkus. “We were all really excited in the spirit department.”