Bulls Hoping for Redemption in Week 2

The University of South Florida Bulls (0-1) find themselves in need of some redemption after a frustrating 23-13 loss to Penn State last weekend. Inconsistencies on offense and some first-game jitters characterized much of the Bulls' season opener and debut in the Big East.

However, this weekend they will get the opportunity to redeem themselves against an eager Florida A&M program (0-1), in front of what could be a record home crowd for the Bulls (The inaugural game against Kentucky Wesleyan holds the attendance record at 49,212). It will also be the first time the upper-deck is opened for a Bulls home game.

Despite being heavily favored to win this weekend's match-up, the Bulls have some areas needing improvement. Not to discredit a stellar performance last weekend by Andre Hall, but he shouldn't have to single-handedly carry the team downfield. The Bulls can get creative on offense if the passing game gets some consistency. At Penn State, Johnny Peyton stepped up the plate as a reliable receiver, hooking up with Julmiste for both touchdowns. Hopefully the younger guys can step up and gain some confidence in this area, which would give some added dimension to the offense. Last week the dropped passes stalled several drives, look for Amarri Jackson to have a break-out game against a below average secondary.

The Bulls' offensive line gave superb protection last weekend not allowing a single sack– expect nothing less from them this week. On defense, the Bulls will be playing with the big boys– all of Florida A&M's offensive lineman are at least 6ft 3 and 310 pounds, with left tackle Daniel Parrish listed at 6ft 7, 340! It will be interesting to watch this "size versus speed" battle between both teams. In this game speed will be too much for the oversized line of FAMU. If Delaware State had eight sacks, USF should be in the backfield all night.

Other Florida A&M players to watch out for include tailback Rashard Pompey, who rushed 139 yards last weekend against Delaware State, moving him into 7th place on his school's career rushing chart, and junior wideout Roosevelt Kiser– he had five catches last week for 65 yards, averaged 15 yards on two punt returns, and 20.2 yards on six kickoffs. Rattler linebackers O'Bryan Brandy and Darius Fountain had 9 tackles, a forced fumble, and 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, respectively, and defensive end Tyrone McGriff recorded 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and a sack on a 22-yard fumble return last weekend.

The past few months have been trying on the Rattler football team, but a solid appearance at Raymond James Stadium under new head coach, Rubin Carter, could open the school's 100th football season with a bang. By the looks of the hungry faces in Bulls' Country, this will be a very, very daunting task for FAMU.

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