USF vs. WVU: Game Day

This Friday in a top 20 showdown (No.18) USF will face (No.5) West Virginia in front of a sold out Raymond James Stadium in the biggest game of the season. Here are all the game essentials of the Bulls vs. Mountaineers match-up. - Get it First, Get it Fast

USF Game Day

South Florida vs. West Virginia

Date: Friday, Sept. 29, 2007
Location: Tampa, Fla.
Kickoff: 8 p.m.  Eastern (Tampa)
Radio: WFLA 970 AM (Tampa)
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium Capacity,  65,657, Surface: Natural

The Series
When the Bulls face the Tigers The two programs have a short history, only playing twice.  Last Season in the two programs only second meeting, the Bulls upset the (No.7) Mountaineers 24-19 at Morgantown. The win ended an eight game winning streak for the Mountaineers and avenged the 28-13 loss in the team's first meeting in 2005, where White and Slaton ran wild combining for 263 rushing yards and four scores. In last years win the Bulls lead by George Selvie held Slaton to 43 yards and the Mountaineers to 137 total rushing yards, while Matt Grothe threw for 279 yards and two scores.  

The Coaches
USF: Jim Leavitt (11th season) -Has a career record of 71-43 at USF.
West Virginia:  Rod Rodriguez
 (7th season) - Has a career record of 599-60-2 and is 54-24 at WVU

Last Season: USF Bulls 9-4 - WVU Mountaineers 11-2
This Season: USF Bulls 3-0 - WVU Mountaineers 4-0

BIG EAST Conference
South Florida Bulls:
Finished 4-3 in the conference in 2006
WVU Mountaineers:
Finished 5-2 (T-2nd) in the conference in 2006

National Rankings
South Florida:
18th AP/18th USA Today/
West Virginia:  5th AP/5th USA Today

Last Game Played West Virginia:
The Mountaineers are coming off a 48-7 win over East Carolina..

Last Game Played USF:
The Bulls are coming off a 38-10 win over North Carolina, and only allowed 157 total yards.

Looking back at UNC

  • The Bulls played a dominant defense that picked off four passes, the second best single game total in USF history, (7) Houston 2002.
  • The 37 point output was the highest by the Bulls since they posted 37 at North Carolina in 2006 ...
  • Matt Grothe guided the USF offense that scored 20 points in the first half, while collecting 216 passing yards and 1 TD ... His first half yardage output is the second highest single half passing total of his career. Grothe did not  play in the fourth quarter. The sophomore signal caller has not thrown a pick in 127 pass attempts 
  • Senior LB Ben Moffitt and junior LB Brouce Mompremier both collected their first career interception
  • CB Trae Williams picked his first of the season. Williams led the team and was among the national leaders with seven INTs
  • Sophomore DE George Selvie DE had three sacks and five tackles for loss against the Tar Heels
  • True freshman RB Mike Ford scored his fifth TD of the season, fourth rushing, to put USF up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
  • Senior WR Amarri Jackson reeled in his team high second TD catch of the year to put USF up 14-0 in the first quarter
  • WR Taurus Johnson led the team with six receptions for 59 yards
  •  Freshman RB Jamar Taylor scored his first career TD on a 1 yard run in the fourth quarter
  • Junior RB Ben Williams scored his first rushing TD of the season and the sixth of his career
  • LB Tyrone McKenzie led the team with 10 tackles, and has led the squad in two of three games this season
  • Delbert Alvarado went 3-for-3 on FG attempts (23, 32, 40) after going 2-for-6 at Auburn
  • USF is 3-0 for just the third time in program history. The Bulls also started 3-0 in 1998 and 20
  • It is only the fifth crowd of 37,000 or more in Bulls history

How they match-up

USF Bulls Rankings
Rush Yds/Gm 154.7(59th)
Pass Yds/Gm 218.7(66th)
Total Yds/Gm 373.3(70th)
Average Pts/Gm 30.3(70th)
Rush Yds/Gm 79.0(13rd)
Pass Yds/Gm 158.7(15th)
Total Yds/Gm 237.7(7th)
WVU Mountaineers Rankings
Rush Yds/Gm 357.0(2nd)
Pass Yds/Gm 168.0(102nd)
Total Yds/Gm 525.0(10th)
Average Pts/Gm 47.3(10th)
Rush Yds/Gm 87.0(18th)
Pass Yds/Gm 186.3(34th)
Total Yds/Gm 273.3(16th)


Season Stats

M Grothe 60.4 652 4 0
G Gregory 33.3 4 0 0
M Ford 33 170 5.2 4
B Williams 30 117 3.9 1
M Grothe 38 88 2.3 1
T Johnson 13 150 11.5 0
A Jackson 10 128 12.8 2
J Hester 10 107 10.7 1
C Denson 3 50 16.7 0
B Williams 3 47 15.7 0
D Alvarado 5 10 40 25
Kick Returns
J Murphy 4 133 33.3 0
T Johnson 3 55 18.3 0
P White 71.0 617 6 0
J Brown 77.8 55 0 0
S Slaton 84 502 6.0 9
P White 46 286 6.2 6
N Devine 24 267 11.1 3
D Reynaud 23 335 14.6 4
S Slaton 7 115 16.4 1
D Jalloh 9 86 9.6 1
B Hogan 6 44 7.3 0
N Devine 3 27 9.0 0
P McAfee 3 24 34 33
Kick Returns
D Reynaud 4 107 26.8 0
N Devine 5 123 24.6 0


 USF Projected Depth Chart: West Virginia



First Team

Second Team

QB 08 Matt Grothe (So., 6-0, 213) 15 Grant Gregory (Jr., 6-1, 205)
RB 01 Benjamin Williams (JR., 5-7, 200) 26 Mike Ford (Fr. 6'2-225)
RB2 20 Aston Samuels (Fr. 5'10-176) 33 Jamar Taylor (Fr. 5'10-200)
X 18 Amarri Jackson (Sr., 6-5, 202) 83 Carlton Mitchell (Fr. 6'4-200)
H 87 Jessie Hester Jr. (So, 6'0-174) 07 Courtney Denson (Sr. 5'11-190)
Y 89 Taurus Johnson (Jr., 6-1, 204) 81 Dontavia Bogan (Fr. 6'1-185)
Z 11 Marcus Edwards (Jr., 5-11, 164) 06 Edner Alcin (Fr. 6'1-174)
LT 78 Marc Dile (Jr., 6-4, 310)  64 Jacob Sims (Fr. 6'4-270)
LG 65 Ryan Schmidt (Jr., 6-5, 327) 55 Jeremiah Warren (Fr. 6'4-320)
OC 77 Jacob Griffin (Jr. 6'4-307) 62 Sampson Genus (Fr. 6'1-308)
RG 61 Zach Hermann (Fr. 6'3-313) 55 Jeremiah Warren (Fr. 6'4-326)
RT 75 Walter Walker (Sr., 6-5, 333)  70 Jared Carnes (Jr., 6-7, 306)
TE 09 Cedric Hill (Jr., 6-3, 230)  82 Ben Busbee (So. 6'3-242)



First Team

Second Team

LE 90 Jarriett Buie (Sr., 6-3,249) 96 Woody George (Sr. 6'3-237)
NT 76 Richard Clebert (Sr., 6'1, 313) 94 Allen Cray (Sr., 6-0, 266)
DT 50 Aaron Harris (Fr. 6'3, 265) 47 Brandon Peguese (Fr. 6'1-241)
RE 95 George Selvie (So., 6-4, 242) 48 Josh Smiley (Fr. 6'3-230)
SAM 27 Tyrone McKenzie (JR. 6'2-235) 43 Sabbath Joseph (Fr. 6'0-221)
MIKE 59 Ben Moffitt (Sr. 6-2, 245) 56 Sam Miller (Sr. 5-11, 210)
WILL 53 Brouce Mompremier (Jr. 6-1, 227) 55 Donte Spires (So. 6'3-225)
LC 21 Trae Williams (Sr.,5-10, 193) 26 Tyller Roberts (Jr., 6-1, 185)
RC 04 Mike Jenkins (Sr., 6-0, 200) 22 Ryan Gilliam (Sr. 5'10-175)
SS 32 Carlton Williams (Jr., 6-4, 214) 07 Louis Gachette (Jr., 6-3, 215)
FS 05 Nate Allen (So, 6'2-200) 03 Jerome Murphy (So., 6-1, 176)
NB 03 Jerome Murphy (So., 6-1, 176) 26 Tyller Roberts (Jr., 6-1, 185)


PK 24 Delbert Alvarado (Fr., 6-0, 196) 27 Justin Teachey (Jr, 5-11, 176)
KO 27 Justin Teachey (Jr, 5-11, 176) 31 William Criswell (Jr, 5'9-174)
P 27 Justin Teachey (Jr, 5-11, 176) 31 William Criswell (Jr, 5'9-174)
LS 67 Eric Setser (Fr., 6'1, 240) 68 Mike Walsh (Fr. 5'10-210)
KR 21 Trae Williams (Sr.,5-10, 193) 89 Taurus Johnson (Jr., 6-1, 190)
PR 18 Amarri Jackson (Sr., 6-5, 215)  

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.

2007 USF Bulls Football Coaching Staff


Jim Leavitt Head Coach 11th
Wally Burnham Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers 8th
Greg Gregory Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 3rd
Dan McCarney Assistant Head Coach & Defensive Line 1st
Carl Franks Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator 4th
Rich Rachel Cornerbacks 8th
Troy Douglas Safeties  2nd
Larry Scott Tight Ends 3rd
Mike Simmonds Offensive Line 2nd
Mike Canales Passing Game Coordinator & Receivers 1st
Larry Antonucci Director of Football Operations 9th

University of South Florida Bulls

Individual NCAA Stats

  • George Selvie leads the country in sacks (8.5) and also leads the country in tackles for loss (14.5) .
  • Jerome Murphy is seventh in yards per kick return (33.2)
  • Mike Ford is tied for 26th in scoring, which is ranked on a per game scale (10.0)
  • Nate Allen is tied for ninth in the country with an average of 0.67 interceptions per game

USF Secondary is one of the best in the Nation

  • Currently, USF is ranked No. 14 in pass defense at 158.7 yards per game. They have only allowed 250 passing yards combined to the last two opponents, Auburn and North Carolina. Carolina was averaging 300-plus yards passing before USF held them to 85 and intercepted four passes on Sept. 22
  • The secondary has accounted for five of the team's seven picks. Sophomore FS Nate Allen has two INT, while senior cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Trae Williams each have one
  • SS Carlton Williams has 2.5 TFL, one sack and 16 tackles this season.
  • The secondary as a whole already has 18 pass breakups, led by Trae Williams with six and Jenkins with five.

Closer look at the USF Players

Sophomore QB 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. Grothe racked up 216 yards passing, the second highest single half total of his career, against UNC ... He built upon his legacy as a gamer by leading USF to a come-from-behind overtime win over Auburn. After being sacked three times in the third quarter, Grothe went 6-8 for 75 passing yards, plus 25 rushing yards, and a TD pass in leading USF to the overtime winHe 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 -Selvie's leading the country in sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (14.5), despite having played only three games this season when the majority of the country has played four. He was just named Walter Camp National Player of the Week for his 3 sacks and 5 TFLs against North Carolina.  He also received a "helmet sticker" on ESPN's College Gameday Final late Saturday evening.

Senior LB Ben Moffitt -is the lone returnee out of USF's stellar trio of linebackers from last season. He is currently third on the team with 23 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. He collected a TFL and his first career interception, followed by a 41 yard return against UNC 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 -True-freshman Mike Ford is leading the USF team in rushing yards with 170 (56.7 per game) and scoring (five TD, four rushing). Had just 13 yards rushing against UNC, but broke the scoring open with a five yard TD run in the first quarter. The Sarasota native ran for 74 yards, including 59 in the first half, and 1 TD at Auburn 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. Combined they have 11 pass breakups and two INT this season. 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 expert Mark Sclabach.

Sophomore Nate Allen - This seasonNate Allen is putting himself all over the box score with 2 INT, 20 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 tackle for loss.  Allen was recently named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and Nagurski National Player of the Week after playing a part in three turnovers against Auburn.

First time starters for 2007

Redshirt freshman OG Zach Hermann -
Sophomore TE Ben Busbee

Junior LB Brouce Mompremier
Sophomore FS Nate Allen 

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.

Fresh Faces
There are five true freshmen listed as the top backups on the two-deep roster OL Sampson Genus, OL Jeremiah Warren, RB Mike Ford, WR Dontavia Bogan and LS Mike Walsh.

On the Shelf
Senior center Nick Capogna -After missing several weeks Capogna is expected to see action against West Virginia.

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 this fall.

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 Big game with West Virginia, the Bulls travel to FAU next Saturday on Oct 6th.

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