The Bulls Will Rely On Lattimore

In a low scoring affair this past Saturday, USF senior linebacker, DeDe Lattimore, was a constant force from the get go against Michigan State. Despite the loss, Lattimore posted a career high in one category for the winless Bulls in East Lansing, MI.

Tampa Bay, FL---Having Bulls fans wrapped around the offensive woes that Coach Taggart's team currently possesses, several fans could be frustrated and fed up with the performance through the first two weeks in the season. The quarterbacks for South Florida have actually thrown more touchdowns to the other team than their own.

I truly believe everything will work it's self out and the bus will be rolling once the familiarity with the scheme moves forward into the season. While they're might be a pause and wait on offense, that's certainly not the case with USF's senior middle linebacker, DeDe Lattimore.

Entering the 2013 season as a former Freshman All-American selection in 2010 and three year starter at middle linebacker quarterbacking the defense, Lattimore brings leadership and poise to a defense who's seeking for an identity.

After giving up 53 points and 424 yards of total offense to McNeese State in Week One, Lattimore and the defense rebounded in their first road contest against Michigan State, only giving up one offensive touchdown and 264 yards to a much more qualified team in a power conference.

Lattimore, who previously had a career high of 13 tackles, had a stellar showing in East Lansing surpassing that amount, showing his team why he's considered a future NFL draft pick at 6'1, 237 pounds.

Lattimore recorded a career and team-high 15 tackles, four shy of the USF single-game record of 19 and most since Kion Wilson had 18 at Rutgers (Nov. 12, 2009). That was the eighth time Lattimore has reached double-digit tackles and first since he recorded 10 against UT-Chattanooga (Sept. 1, 2012) and moves him to eighth place all time at USF in career tackles with 263.

Having 10 games left to play in the 2013-14 season for Coach Taggart's Bulls, Lattimore looks to bring more punishment to opposing offenses, while he keeps inching his way up USF's career tackles list.

The punishment the Athens, GA star provides will resume on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium, when South Florida hosts instate, Florida Atlantic.

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