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USF Game Day
South Florida at Auburn
Date: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 Location: Auburn, Ala. Kickoff: 8 p.m. Central (Auburn) / 9 p.m. Eastern (Tampa) TV: ESPN2 Radio: WFLA 970 AM (Tampa), ESPN Radio Stadium: Jordan Hare-Stadium Capacity, 87,451, Surface: Natural
When the Bulls face the Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium this Saturday it will be the first
both schools. USF is 0-4 all-time against
SEC teams. The Bulls are coming off a 28-13 win over Elon, while the Tigers came
from behind to defeat Kansas State 23-13 in the opening week of the 2007 college
The Coaches USF: Jim Leavitt (11th season) -Has a career record of 71-43 at USF. Auburn: Tommy Tuberville
(9th season) - Has a career record of 97-69 and is 72-29 at Auburn.
Last Season: USF Bulls 9-4 - Auburn Tigers 11-2 This Season:
USF Bulls 1-0 - Auburn Tigers 1-0
Bulls: Finished 4-3 in the BIG EAST conference in 2006 Auburn Tigers:
Finished 6-2 in the SEC West in 2006
National Rankings Auburn: 18th AP/14th USA Today/ South Florida: Received votes in AP/ 26 votes USA Today
Last Game Played USF: The Bulls are coming off a 28-13 win over
Elon, and only allowed 259 total yards in their season opener.
The win was the 50th home victory in USF history, they are 11-0 in home
True freshman Mike Ford had one of the most memorable rookie
debuts in 11 years of USF football. Scoring three TDs, two rushing and one
receiving, and also had an electrifying 48-yard run before his final score.
He rushed for 83 yards on only six carries, an average of 13.8 per carry. He
scored from the one yard (receiving), 22 yards (rushing) and one yard
Matt Grothe was solid going 23-for-39 for 238 yards and two TDs. His 39
pass attempts are a career high.
WR Taurus Johnson led the team with six receptions for 59 yards
Amarri Jackson reeled in a 24-yard catch for the fourth TD of the game.
Sophomore DE George Selvie broke his own USF record with six tackles for
loss. Selvie also tied the USF record for sacks in a game with four.
USF had six total sacks, with Richard Clebert and Aaron Harris adding to Selvie's
total of four.
All-America candidate Mike Jenkins collected two pass breakups.
Redshirt-freshman Carlton Mitchell had four receptions for 32 yards in
his first collegiate action
FS Nate Allen reeled in his first career interception in first career
Clebert blocked a 50-yard field goal by Elon.
K Delbert Alvarado was perfect 4-4 on PATs. He did not attempt any field goals.
Senior WR Courtney Denson had two catches, which is one more than he had
in his career prior to the game
USF is 11-0 in home openers and 7-4 in season openers
Starting center Nick Capogna injured his knee early and did not play in
the second half. Starting right tackle Walter Walker was limited due to
hydration issues .
Closer look at USF
The USF program has an all-time record of 44-26 at the NCAA FBS level. The
wining percentage of 62.9 is good enough to rank USF No. 29 among FBS schools.
The Bulls received votes in the preseason AP and Coaches polls for the first
time this season. USF also garnered a No. 21 preseason ranking by the Sporting
News and a No. 25 slot by Sports Illustrated. The Bulls are11-0 in home openers
7-4 in season openers, 52-29 in night games, 40-37 on television, 0-4 against
the SEC, 50-13 at home, 11-0 in home openers, 19-29 on the road, 10-6
against non-conference opponents since having a conference affiliation (2003),
61-29 vs. non-conference all-time and 3-9 vs. ranked teams. USF owns a 23-17 record in the month of September. USF has never won more than three games in September.
USF senior WR Courtney Denson, who had two receptions against Elon, began his
collegiate career at Auburn as a quarterback.. Denson also played at DB during
his time with the Tigers. Auburn has 18 players on its roster from the state
of Florida.. Startinf tight end Ben Busbee is from mobile Alabama. Tigers senior WR Prechae Rodriguez is from Tampa and attended Jefferson
HS, and was recruited by USF to play basketball. USF WR receiver Jason Sherman and Auburn WR Alex Rose both attended
Jacksonville's First Coast HS. Auburn freshman Craig Stevens and junior Pat
Sims both attended the same Tallahassee HS - Lincoln - as Ryan Gilliam . Bull
freshman LB Sabbath Joseph and Auburn freshman DL Bryant Miller both attended
Miami Central HS.
At the Helm -The Bulls have five 5 new position coaches for 2007. Greg
Gregory was elevated to offensive coordinator to replace Rod smith after
coaching the tight ends. Graduate Assistant Larry Scott was promoted to TE coach
and Graduate assistant Mike Simmonds replaces Greg Frey as offensive line coach. Mike Canales returns to the Bulls as Passing Game
Coordinator & Receivers coach, replacing Lawrence Dawsey. Former Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney was brought in as
Assistant Head Coach & Defensive Line coach.
Matt Grothe -made quite a name for himself last year en route to BIG EAST
Conference Freshman of the Year honors and looks for bigger and better things
this season. He began the 2007 season with 239 yards, two TDs and no picks
against Elon. The gun slinger attempted 39 passes, a career high, and
completed 23.. The Lakeland native threw for 2,576 yards on 202-317 passing
while connecting on 15 touchdowns. He also ran for 622 yards on 178 carries
and rumbled for nine TD's . For his efforts last year Grothe has been named to
the Manning and Maxwell Award watch lists.
Sophomore DE George Selvie -began the 2007 season with a record breaking evening
against Elon. Selvie leed the USF defense, which only allowed 259 total
yards in their season opening defeat of Elon. Selvie did his damage in the back
field with six tackles for loss and four sacks. On his own, he set the Phoenix
back 25 yards. He also forced a fumble and recorded10 tackles. His TFL total
is new USF record, while his sack total ties a USF record. He has twice as many
sacks as any other FBS player. Selvie broke his own single game record for tackles for loss
with six against the Phoenix .Below is the new single game record chart for TFL.
1. George Selvie - 6 vs. Elon, 9/1/07 2. George Selvie - 5 vs. Florida International, 9/9/06
Kawika Mitchell - 5 at Oklahoma, 9/28/02
Tim Jones - 5 at Army, 9/27/03
Craig Kobel - 5 vs. Pittsburgh, 12/4/04
Selvie also tied the USF single game record for sacks with four against Elon
... Below is who he shares the honor with :
1. George Selvie - 4 vs. Elon, 9/1/07
Shurron Pierson - 4 vs. Southern Miss, 10/12/02
Selvie's four sacks is twice as many as any other FBS player. The USF
single season record for sacks is 10 by Terrence Royal (2005) and Shurron
Pierson (2001). The career record for sacks is 20 by Stephen Nicholas.
Selvie is just outside the top 10 with 9.5 career sacks. Selvie had 5.5 sacks
as a freshman last season.. He was named a freshman All-American by The
Ben Moffitt -is the lone returnee out of USF's stellar trio of linebackers from
last season. He began the 2007 campaign with 10 tackles, eight assisted, one
tackle for loss and one pass breakup. During the 2006 campaign, Moffitt
teamed up with Stephen Nicholas – now with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons – and
Patrick St. Louis, who is one of the Bulls' strength and conditioning coaches. Last year Moffitt led the team in tackles with 112 and was third in tackles
for a loss with 11 including four sacks ... During the summer Moffitt was named
to the Bronko Nagurski Award and Butkus watch lists.
True Freshmen Mike Ford -the
Sarasota native and Florida high school football legend made the most
of his first collegiate action in the season opener against Elon ... The
true-freshman scored three TDs, two rushing and one receiving . He had runs of
21 and 48 yards, which accounted for the large chunk of his 83 yards on six
carries. His receiving TD came from one yard out. His rushing TDs were
from 21 yards and 1 yard. ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale,
who lives in Sarasota, put himself among the Ford backers after watching him in
person in high school and hearing about his production in the opener.
Senior defensive backs Trae Williams and Mike Jenkins -Are among the
best CB Tandem in the nation, and one of the potential strengths of this years
USF football team. One of the most experienced
DB combos in college football, the two combined for 60 career starts over their
careers. Both posted impressive numbers in the season opener. Williams had
five tackles, one for a loss and a pass breakup. While Mike Jenkins had four
pass breakups, to tie a career high. Last season the two also teamed up for
eight interceptions, seven of which belonged to Williams, tying a single season
school record (with J.R. Reed). His seven picks also led the BIG EAST. The
duo has been sited as the best in the BIG EAST and the state of Florida by
several outlets, including ESPN.com expert Mark Sclabach.
Redshirt-freshman Carlton Mitchell -it's time to make his own name in
a circle of family and friends that is full of standouts.Mitchell's mother, Angela, is the cut "man" for professional boxer Antonio
Tarver. The cut man position is a male dominated occupation and Angela is
considered a pioneer in the sport of boxing.Tarver and Carlton have been close friends since the Bull wide receiver was
12. He is also close friends with Tarver's son, Antonio Jr.. Antonio Jr. is a
freshman point guard at Daytona Beach Community College.Carlton's father, Carl, is 6 feet 8 and played pro basketball in Europe for
12 years. His half-brother, Carl Jr., is 6-10 and playing professionally in the
Dominican Replublic.In his first collegiate game, Mitchell had four catches for 32 yards against
First time starters
Redshirt freshman OG Zach Hermann -After shining in the spring and the
preseason, he received the first start
of his career against Elon in the home opener. Sophomore TE Ben Busbee earned his first career start against Elon Junior LB Brouce Mompremier -8 Tackles in his first career start Sophomore FS
Nate Allen -intercepted a pass deep in the Bulls territory to stop a
Other redshirt rookies: WR Carlton Mitchell, WR
Ednir Alcin, DE Brandon Pequese, DE Joshua Smiley and LB Sabbath Joseph are
listed at the second spot at their respective positions.
There are five true freshmen listed as the top backups on the two-deep roster
for Elon. OL Sampson Genus, OL Jeremiah Warren, RB Mike Ford, WR Dontavia Bogan
and LS Mike Walsh.
On the Shelf Senior center Nick Capogna -will likely have his consecutive
start streak of 14 snapped on Saturday. He is expected to be sidelined with a
knee injury. Jack Griffin will slide over to center, while Ryan Schmidt will
move up the depth chart and probably start at left guard
Sophomore OT Danny Tolley -after saying in camp that he was going to call it career, sophomore OT
Danny Tolley has decided to return to the team. Tolley has battled a severe
groin injury and a great deal of pain that accompanied the injury. Tolley
played in 11 games in 2006. On the subject, Coach Leavitt has said, "He is
showing great courage."
Junior OG Matt Huners -suffered an ACL tear during spring practice and will be out for a
large chunk of the season. It is possible that Huners will return this season.
Huners started 10 of 11 games at guard last season.
Sophomore WR Colby Erskin -who impressed by running the 40 yard dash in under
4.4 seconds, will likely be out for the entire 2007 season. Erskin torn an ACL
during preseason camp. Erskin worked as a running back last season, collecting
nine yards on six carries. He also had five catches for 73 yards. Erskin was
making noise at the receiving position and would have challenge for playing time
WR Courtney Denson -has already earned a BA in communications from USF. What
makes his graduation even more impressive is that he transferred from Auburn,
but didn't allow the change of scenery to slow his academic pursuits.
USF Honors Dorsey & Camon -The 2007 USF Bulls have two stickers, bearing the initials "JC" and "KD," for
former Bulls defensive back Javan Camon, who died after a collision in an indoor
football game in February, and Keeley Dorsey, the freshman running back who
collapsed and died during a team conditioning workout in January.
Up next for the Bulls -After the road trip to Auburn, the Bulls have a bye week then face North Carolina at home on Sept. 22nd, followed by a BIG EAST showdown against West Virginia at Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 28th.