Originally thought to be simply taking over as the new OL coach, Hope will also double in architecting a run attack that will feature the duo of top AAC rusher Marlon Mack and D’Ernest Johnson. Hope has over 20 years of coaching experience including a head coaching stop at Eastern Kentucky and multiple stints at Purdue, serving as an OL coach and head coach respectively.
Spending the past two seasons as the Bulls’ wide receiver and quarterbacks coach, Reaves now gets the opportunity to completely develop the passing side of the offense. A Tampa native and a graduate of Appalachian State where he started at QB for three years, the thirty-six year old coordinator already has thirteen years of coaching experience under his belt, making assistant coaching stops at nearby Tampa Catholic HS, South Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico, and the IMG academy before arriving to USF in 2013. The transition should be an easy one having already established a rapport with the QB Mike White and the other returning players on the roster.
USF seems to be taking a micromanagement approach when it comes to improving an offense that could only muster up 17.2 points per game this past season. With Taggart now calling the plays, it will be interesting to see how this new method will develop moving forward.