Scout Dishes out the Key Matchups for South Florida's Season Opener vs. Towson

Here are the key position battles for South Florida's first test against the Towson Tigers on Saturday evening.

Darius Victor vs. USF Linebackers

Likely the most important matchup of Saturday evening will prove to be Darius Victor vs. Auggie Sanchez. Towson running back Darius Victor is a monster on the ground, and he will test USF linebackers Auggie Sanchez and Nigel Harris, as well as Vincent Jackson and Kirk Livingstone.

The key to this matchup will be containing Victor by shutting down the edge and forcing him inside. But wait, I thought he was a bruiser? If he is able to pound the rock Saturday night, USF has bigger problems than I previously thought.

Towson Offensive Line vs. USF Defensive Line

The key to slowing down the Tigers' punisher, Darius Victor, will be controlling the line of scrimmage, period. The USF offensive line was questioned in the same manner before the 2015 season, so hold judgement until after game one.

Conversely, for Quinton Flowers and the Bulls' offense: Look for big games from Marcus NormanDominique ThreattJeremi Hall and Kofi Amichia to give USF’s three-headed monster space to dominate.

Also, key on the ability of Kirk LivingstoneDeadrin SenatBruce Hector and Vincent Jackson to dominate and disrupt all of the Tigers’ plans to pound their ground game. I see Vincent Jackson really coming into his own and proving what he’s made of in the sophomore’s first start.

Oregon transfer Morgan Mahalak vs. USF Secondary

This will be a test relished by AAC All-Conference cornerback, Deatrick Nichols, and shutdown, dominating defensive back Ronnie Hoggins. I have a feeling the Bulls' secondary will arrive Saturday evening licking their respective chops, waiting for the first interception of the season with unproven Oregon transfer, Morgan Mahalak.

Force Mahalak in on the zone read and the Bulls will dominate all evening. I'm really honing my eyes on the play of Khalid McGee and Jaymon Thomas. I project both McGee and Thomas as big-time playmakers for the Bulls in 2016.

What are your positions to watch? We know Marlon Mack will find a crease, but who else? Saturday can’t come fast enough.


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