Joyce and Defense Excited for New Era

With a new defensive staff in place, the Bulls defense is looking to improve in every aspect in 2013, especially in the turnover department.

After forcing a lousy nine turnovers in 2012, Mark Joyce and the South Florida defense are looking to improve that number immensely under the tutelage of long time NFL defensive guru, Chuck Bresnahan. Joined by Jaquez Jenkins to anchor the back end of the secondary, the Bulls will still have to replace both starting cornerbacks from 2012, Kayvon Webster and George Baker. While some will have anxiety about the inexperience roaming around in the secondary, Joyce and his teammates are excited to learn under their well seasoned new secondary coach, Ron Cooper.

Cooper has coached some of the best young defensive backs in America, with the likes of LSU's All American's Patrick Peterson, Tyron Mathieu, and Morris Claiborne, which all were national award winners. With Bresnahan and Cooper spending a significant time on the NFL level, that aspect gives the Bulls defense something to smile about and they couldn't be more excited to work with them.

"Coach Cooper and Coach Bresnahan have a lot of experience in the NFL, we're looking forward to working with them. I really like Coach Cooper, a lot of his players have played for the league, I know he's had a lot of experience with that," Joyce said.

From watching Mathieu force turnovers to Peterson and Claiborne locking down the back end under Cooper, Joyce isn't worried about the past. The Bulls defense is already working on improving their overall number of turnovers for the upcoming season.

"We're not so much reflecting on it, we're trying to move past that and focus on doing much better this year, a lot better this year. We focus on that a lot during the summer, everyday out here we do turnover drills and we compete and see who gets the most turnovers," Joyce said.

Look for Coach Cooper and Bresnahan to bring the swagger back to Hillsborough County.

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