Cliett, A Bright Spot For South Florida

While it seemed there wasn't any encouraging news on the defensive side of the ball for USF on Saturday, redshirt-junior linebacker Reshard Cliett was roaming from sideline to sideline making plays. Beyond the 2013 season, Cliett seems to have found his home at the WILL linebacker spot, giving Coach Taggart a stable force in his linebacker core.

Tampa, FL--Throughout training camp, asides from standout senior linebacker DeDe Lattimore, redshirt-junior Reshard Cliett has heard his name brought up consistently in conversations within the linebacker core ever since the production he provided in the Bulls spring game.

Looking at the team stats and locating a whopping 424 yards of total offense against a I-AA team in the total yards column, you would surely assume there's nothing to crack a smile about. I might be in the minority, but Cliett was a stable force at the WILL linebacker spot for Chuck Bresnahan's defense.

The redshirt-junior out of Thomasville, GA posted a team best 8 tackles for South Florida and a career high two tackles for loss against McNeese State on Saturday evening.

The 6'2,220 pound hit sticking linebacker isn't just valuable in the run game. Cliett showed the ability to drop back in coverage on several passing downs, chipping in with 2 pass breakups, also leading that category for the Bulls, with one deflecting into Johnny Ward's hands for the freshman's first career interception.

Coach Taggart and the Bulls will be traveling to East Lansing, MI in Week 2 to square off against Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans, the second time USF will face a Big Ten foe. Kickoff will be at 12:00 PM and will air on ESPNU.

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