Friday, November 24, 2017

Joey Knight’s takeaways from Saturday’s USF-Houston game

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We knew the USF tight ends would have more significant blocking roles in Sterlin Gilbert’s power-based offense, but they remain woefully under-utilized as receivers. Over their past two games, Mitchell Wilcox and Kano Dillon have totaled three receptions for 20 yards. Each caught a short pass (Mitchell’s went for 4 yards, Dillon’s for 2) on Saturday.

Though it appeared USF was playing for a field goal on its final scoring drive, Charlie Strong said they were trying to reach the end zone. His explanation was vague: "… The second-down play we got a lot of yards (2 on second and 10 from the 19). So we thought we’d come back with it and (Quinton Flowers) would pull it." Strong then explained the look given by Houston’s defensive end prompted Flowers to hand off to D’Ernest Johnson on third down instead of tucking it. Johnson gained 4 yards; the Bulls kicked a field goal.

Arguably no team in the American is better equipped to rebound than USF, which has a veteran locker room. Eleven seniors started Saturday, and senior defensive captain Auggie Sanchez openly challenged the Bulls not to let one loss segue into two. "This is a senior-led team, so we have to be back," he said.

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