10 Questions To Be Answered in 2007

The 2007 Football season has arrived, but with every new year comes new questions. With the departure of key starters on both sides of the ball, and increased national attention, this year is no different. So USFNation.com offers up 10 burning questions of what to look for as we get ready to open the season today. Read on for the entire story. Only on USFNation.com Get it First, Get it Fast!

Can Matt Grothe avoid the sophomore slump?  

Hey, it happens!  Bad games are a part of the game, but will it affect the rest of his season.  One of these games Matt will falter, its going to be a test to see how he bounces back.

 

Will the offense look different under new Offensive Coordinator Greg Gregory?

Last year Matt Grothe was the running game.  Sure, there were backs in the backfield, only to keep the defense honest.  This year with more weapons to choose from Gregory has the chance for balance.  Something the Bulls were lacking last year.

 

Who will emerge as the play-making running back?

Ben Williams has proved to be adequate, but the Bulls need one of the 5 backs to step-up and change games.  Will it be Mike Ford, Aston Samuels, Mo Plancher or even Jamar Taylor?

 

Who will fill the void at PR/KR that was left by Ean Randolph?

Not an easy job, luckily there are a host of potential game-breakers.  Amarri Jackson has experience as does Marcus Edwards and Jesse Hester jr.  The wild card could be freshman Dontavia Bogan.  Or will Coach Leavitt decide to go kick returner-by-committee?

 

How long will it take the linebackers to be a dominant unit this year?

 The Bulls have some great talent at the position this year anchored by Ben Moffitt, and the additions of Tyrone McKenzie and Donte Spires help to bolster the unit, but how long will it take for them to gel? Moffitt, Nicholas and St. Louis played together for 4 years and it takes time to build that type of cohesiveness.

 

How good will the safeties be this season?

The Bulls return solid veterans Carlton Williams and Louis Gachette at Strong safety, but now that Bull's hard hitting safety Jeremy Burnett is in camp with the NY Giants, sophomore Nate Allen, who will start for the first time at free safety. Allen has talent but is unproven as a starter.

 

Can the defensive line be a force in 2007?

The Bulls return basically all the starters from last season anchored by Freshmen All-American George Selvie and Richard Clebert, but as a unit they are a light and will go against some very big offensive lines this year.

 

How will the Bulls handle the increased national attention?

After beating major programs including West Virginia and Louisville over the past two years, and the emergence of QB Matt Grothe, the Bulls have garnered a lot of attention and won't be sneaking up on anyone this season.

 

Will this be the year that the Bulls host a sell-out crowd?

Imagine if USF beats Auburn on the road!?!  Will they come home to a packed Raymond James against ACC opponent North Carolina?  It's a long shot, but something to think about. 

 

Can the Bulls win the BIG EAST this year?

The BIG EAST is loaded with West Virginia, Louisville, and Rutgers being ranked this year ahead of USF. However, the Bulls get the Mountaineers and Cardinals at home, and the season finale at PITT could have conference title implications.

 



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