They sure can, but the better question would have been, "can they win the easy game on the road?" Last season USF shocked the nation with a 24-19 win at West Virginia, and a big out-of-conference win against ACC foe North Carolina. However there were some disappointments. In two road games the Bulls offense forgot to show up, once against Kansas and the other was against Cincinnati. USF's offense scored a combined 13 points in these two particular games. Had they not slipped up they very well could have been in contention for a Big East title. Next year with a more veteran team they should expect to roll over the lesser road teams.
5. Will the defensive line be able to replace its graduating seniors?
Who would have thought GEORGE SELVIE would almost single handedly answer this question!?! The man was on a mission last season, recording 80+ tackles, 15 for loss, 4 forced fumbles and 5 ½ sacks. Selvie stepped up his game with the absence of Julmiste, who was suspended for 6 games, was possibly the most valuable player on this year's defense. Without the pass-rush and his big play capabilities that defense is just not the same. Allen Cray and Richard Clebert also brought their game to another level. Early in the year teams easily ran up the middle, but about mid way through the year something clicked and Cray and Clebert built a mighty strong wall on the middle of the D Line. Then with the return of Julmiste late in the year, Bulls fans were able to see how their defense would look when all the pieces were in place. There will be many reasons to be excited for the '07 season.
6. Who will be the starting kicker?
This question has not been answered and will probably still be relevant going into next year. Last year was one of the most frustrating kicking performances in USF history. Starter Mike Benzer missed his first 6 attempts of the year and finished with a 33% success rate. While Delbert Alvarado did make a 56 yarder, he also missed an extra point in the very same game. Saying the Bulls lacked consistency would be a gross understatement. At no time did even the shortest chip-shot of a field goal seem smooth or confident. So we'll say it again next year, "Who will be the starting kicker?"
Stay tuned with USFNation.con as we answer the next set of questions in the next few days.
Answering Questions 1-3
Top 10 Questions to be Answered This Season - Aug. 21, 2006
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