Quarterback- C+, a win is a win. The quarterback play has been about the same in every victory. This week Pat Julmiste was 12 of 21 for 155, but more importantly no turnovers. As long as USF wins these numbers are acceptable.
Running back- A, led by Andre Hall who had 100 yards on 29 carries, the rushing game was what won it for the Bulls. Although they really didn't get rolling till the second half, the backs got the yards when it counted. There are also some intangibles that Hall brings to the team. This is his team and he is a vocal leader, during the third quarter, I was standing behind the bench when Hall went to each offensive lineman and told them that it was time to run the ball. He spoke to each one individually and when they came out for the next drive the first play was a 12 yard run by Hall.
Wide receivers- B-, the receivers have been plagued by drops all season, but that was not the case on Saturday. Jackie Chambers led the group with 3 catches for 56 yards and a big catch early that went for 28 yards. The problem is there is no "big play" guy emerging on a consistent basis. Amarri Jackson had an exciting run, but besides that he only had 2 catches for 21 yards. As a group they are very young and it's only a matter of time until they will be the most feared receiving group in the Big East.
Offensive Line- B, Saturday's performance was another solid outing for this line that didn't have many expectations coming into the season. They did give up 4 sacks but they also opened up enough holes to help the Bulls rush for 190 yards.
Defensive Line- A+, the pressure was relentless from the front four. The stats may show only 3 sacks but it seemed that Cincinnati quarterback Dustin Grutza was being hurried on nearly every attempt. When he did get the ball away, there were several tipped at the line, Terrance Royal and Jon Simmons each had a deflection. They also did a stellar job at stopping the run, holding the Bearcats to under 90 total yards on the ground.
Linebackers- B, the linebackers cleaned up anything the D-Line didn't take care of first. The whole group was energized and flying to the ball from start to finish.
Defensive backs- A, D'Juan Brown had the play of the game when he made a third quarter interception that he returned for a touchdown. It could not have come at a better time. The offense was struggling and it was a 10-7 game, but after Brown took it to the house the Bulls never looked back. The offense even caught a spark from his pick.
Kicking- A, really can't ask for more. A 45 yard average on 7 punts from Brandon Baker and Kyle Bronson nailed his only attempt from 25 yards out.
THE FANS- B+, Although the turnout was probably a little less than expected the ones that did come were extremely vocal, not to mention creative.
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