Bulls fans knew that 2010 would be the last year that two-time All-American George Selvie would suit up for USF, but when Jason Pierre-Paul left after his junior season, there were a lot of questions of who would step up to replace their production. So far through two games the D-line has played very good football and senior David Bedford has answered the call.
Through two games Bedford has 8 tackles, 7 of them solo, 2 tackles for-a-loss, and an interception, but the stat line doesn't fully show his impact on the defense.
"I'm feeling pretty good about some of the things I've done out there," said Bedford. "I like to see that what I'm doing in practice is transferring to the field. I'm seeing that some of the plays I make in practice I'm getting the chance to make those in a game. I feel pretty good about what I've done, but know I have a long ways to still go."
The USF coaching staff, including USF defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, Head Coach Skip Holtz and defensive end Coach Vernon Hargreaves have nothing but great things to say about Bedford's play, and David talks about the transition he's made this year.
"I think a lot of it is mental, because I used to get tired faster, and now I'm better focused and can push through things easier. I'm more mentally into it, watching a lot more film and things like that, so my transition has been like night and day to where I'm at now."
Spending time learning under former USF great George Selvie has also helped with his development.
"I think of George a lot, and all of the things he used to do and taught me, and when I'm out there it really helps."
In the Bulls first game against Stony Brook, Bedford dropped back into coverage and snagged his first interception as a Bull.
"That was special, really special; I never thought I'd get one of those and I was messing with George about it afterwards. It really something I'll never forget," said Bedford. "It was just a great call by Coach Snyder, I dropped back to where we were talking all camp and I was lucky enough to get one."
The Bulls played a hard fought game against the Gators and the defense played solid with Bedford recording 5 tackles and was all over the field.
"It was a great experience, and I loved the fact that everybody knew how hard of a game but what a fun experience it would be," said Bedford. "I wish we could have got the win, but I feel good about what we did on both sides of the ball. We just made a few mistakes and that eventually added up and we gave the game away, but those boys in Gainesville are everything they're broadcast to be, they're that good."
Even though the Bulls lost, they are a lot of positives they can take from how they played.
"We definitely have a lot to build off of," said Bedford. "I'm probably not going to see linemen like that maybe two times this season. I did some good things against their top guys, and I'll go back to that film and keep watching that to try and get better."
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