Offensive Breakout Player- Ean Randolph- Prior to the 2007 season, Randolph had not participated in any games for the Bulls. He had transferred to USF n 2005 from Weber International where he led the team with 50 receptions for 713 yards and four touchdowns. In the Bulls' third game against UCF, Randolph had a breakout performance with five receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown. His lone score of the game came off of a 27-yard pass from Matt Grothe to put the Bulls ahead for good 24-17. One week earlier, Randolph proved how much of a threat he could be on special teams with three returns for touchdowns. Unfortunately two of those returns were called back for blocking penalties. By the end of the season, Randolph had recorded 49 receptions for 506 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensive Breakout Player- George Selvie- In 2005, George Selvie used his redshirt season to win USF's Overachiever award. This is given to a player who shows outstanding work in the strength and conditioning program. By the end of the 2006 season, Selvie has proved not only was he deserving of that award but maybe a few others. He ended the season leading all linemen with 84 total tackles, 15 tackles for a combined loss of 56 yards, 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and perhaps the most significant fumble recovery in Bulls' history. This came during the Bulls' 24-19 upset win at West Virginia. With USF trailing 6-0 early on in the second quarter, Chris Robinson stripped Pat White of the ball. Selvie picked up the fumble with ease and strolled into the end zone for his first career touchdown to put the Bulls ahead 7-6.
Biggest Surprise- Chris Robinson- After being redshirted in 2005, Robinson entered the 2006 season projected as the backup linebacker to senior Stephen Nicholas. It did not take too long for the Bulls' coaching staff to realize that while Robinson could be a great linebacker, he was exceptional at defensive end. He set up Selvie's fumble recovery for a score against West Virginia after sacking Pat White and stripping him of the ball. For the season, He was second on the team with seven sacks while also making 28 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, one fumble recovery, and forcing one fumble.
Most improved player- Taurus Johnson – Johnson
entered the 2006 season as a promising player who had earned a starting spot
after seeing some time as a true freshman. Although he appeared in every game,
Johnson was limited to three catches for 35 yards.
This season was a completely different story though and opposing teams
quickly realized that Johnson was a true playmaker. Against Florida International, Johnson had a breakout game with six catches for 106 yards and
one touchdown along one rush for a 14 yard score. His two scores came in the
second half after USF entered halftime trailing 20-7 and helped win the game for
the Bulls 21-20. By the end of the season, Johnson had caught 37 passes for 494
yards and two touchdowns. During kickoffs, Johnson had 14 returns for 316 yards
and an average of 22.6 yards per run back.
Biggest Hitter- Jeremy Burnett- If there was one player opposing teams should have avoided, it was Burnett who became known as the most feared player, and one of the biggest hitters on the Bulls' defense. This is a big statement to make when you consider some of his teammates, By the end of the year he had 71 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and six pass break ups, but it was the bone-jarring hits that Burnett delivered that made people remember his name..
Best Position- Linebackers – Nicholas, Moffitt,
and St. Louis need we say more? Yes we do. The trio of linebackers menaced
opposing quarterbacks in every game of the season..
Nicholas was the team leader in sacks with 7.5 and tackles for loss with
15 tackles for a combined loss of 75 yards. Also, Nicholas was second on the
team with 102 tackles and nabbed two interceptions, the first for a USF
linebacker since 2003. Nicholas's 20 career sacks broke Terrance Royals' USF
record of 19.5. Ben Moffitt, the 2005 tackle leader, led the Bulls' defense
again with 112 tackles including 75 solo and 37 assisted. Also, Moffitt was
third on the team with 11 tackles for a combined loss of 28 yards while
registering four sacks on the season. St.
Louis completed the trio and battled through injuries to still finish 3rd on the
team in tackles.
Most improved position- Defensive line - The defensive line was a question mark after losing Terence Royal, Jon Simmons, Tim Jones, and Jason Allen after the '05 season. Early on the squad struggled, however as the season progressed, so did the line's play. Selvie, Robinson, and Josh Julmiste were a force off the ends, and Richard Clebert, Allen Cray, Aaron Harris and Woody George made for a gritty interior rotation as the entire D-line came together. By the end of the season on nationally televised games against West Virginia and ECU, the squad showed they were no longer a weak link, but completed the Bulls Defensively.
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