Scouting the Bulls Linebackers
The USF was lead by its defense, one of the best in college football. The Bulls forced 41 turnovers this season, an average of more than three per game which leads the NCAA. The Bulls 23 interceptions and 18 fumbles recovered also lead the NCAA. USF comes into the game ranked third in tackles for loss with 8.9 per game. USF is 19th in the country in rushing defense (112.0 avg.) and 26th in scoring defense (20.7 avg.). It's a team effort it and it centers around the linebackers that were the top three tacklers for the Bulls.
Senior linebackerBen Moffitt 6'2 245 pounds,
the team leader on defense started every game
for the Bulls in the middle with 42 career starts. This season he
finished with 100 tackles, second best on the team, 12 tackles for loss
2 fumble recoveries and 4 quarterback hits. He also snagged 4
interceptions for 136 yards, one for a score. Moffitt was a All-Big East
First Team selection and was a semi finalist for the Butkus and a
quarterfinalist for the Lott trophy. Was named Camp, Nagurski, and Big
East Defensive player of the week after picking off two passes , one for
a score against West Virginia. Is ranked the 3rd best inside linebacker
by Mel Kipper for the upcoming NFL draft.
Moffitt was a 2-star out of South Sumter HS, FL, was the Leesburg Commercial Defensive Player of the Year, Class 2A all-state second team, and was ranked 71st in the state by Orlando Sentinel.
Junior linebackerTyrone McKenzie 6'2
started all 11 games in his first season as a Bull after transferring
from Iowa State. Finished with a team leading 111
tackles with 7.5 for a loss and was second with 1.5 sacks, two forced
fumbles and two fumble recoveries, and also blocked a kick.. He tied a
team record with 18 tackles in last game at Pitt.
McKenzie was a 3-star out of Riverview HS, FL, and was ranked #85 at the position. Was first-team All-Hillsborough County selection and a Florida's top 50 prospect by the Tampa Tribune and second-team all-county pick by the St. Petersburg Times. Also played in the Hillsborough County All-Star Game
Junior Linebacker Brouce Mompremier 6'2-237 pounds,
started 11 of 12 games this season. Finished third on the team with 82 tackles with
6 for a loss and also had one forced fumble and one fumble
recovery as a first year starter.
Mompremier was a 3-star recruit out of Miami Edison HS, FL, and was ranked #24 at the position. Was a Two-time Class 5A first team all-state, and was ranked 22nd overall prospect in state according to Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel and the Miami Herald, and 31st by St. Petersburg Times, and played in Florida-California All-Star Game...
|Sophomore Donte Spires 6'3-221 pounds,
was the top reserve linebacker for the Bulls, playing in all 12 games
and started in season finale at strong side against Pitt. Finished with
16 tackles, 13 of them solo with 3 for a loss, one sack, and a QB
hiturries and a pass break-up. Has 16 career starts after starting the
last 6 games of 2006.
Was a 3-star prospect out of Pearl River and was First team Gridwire All-America and earned JUCO all-state as the top defensive player for a team that reached the Junior College National Championship Game. Originally signed with USF out of Plant HS where he was Third team all-state, second team all-Suncoast and First Team all-Western Conference, and First team all-county as well
|Redshirt freshman linebacker Sabbath Joseph
60-221, played as a back-up linebacker and finished with 14 tackles with
13 being solo.
Was a 3-star recruit out of Miami Central HS, FL, and was Class 6A first team all-state, .All-Dade County and was ranked 10th best senior by the Miami Herald. Played in Dade County All-Star Game and the Dade-Broward All-Star Game.
|Senior linebacker Sam Miller
5'11-210 pounds, a special teams standout that calls the snaps on
finishing with 7 tackles, 5 solo and ran 29 yards on a fake punt
Was a 2-star prospect out of South Sumter HS, FL. was Class 2A all-state honorable mention and Leesburg Commercial first team all-area
Sophomore LB/DE Chris Robinson 6'3-233 pounds, came back from injury to
play in 10 games finishing with 8 tackles, 3 QB hurries and a pass
break-up. Has 16 career starts after starting the last 6 games of 2006.
Plays as a LB/DE/pass rush specialist for the Bulls
Was a 2-star prospect out of Flagler-Palm Coast HS, FL
Scouting the Ducks Linebackers
Oregon leads the nation in tackles for loss at 9.3 per game. The Oregon defense has been solid in the red zone with opponents only converting 67 percent of their chances inside the 20-yard line, and it starts with the line.
Senior WLB A.J. Tuitele 5'11-226 pounds,
started 6 games for the Ducks
before missing five games with a foot injury, and
has 21 career
starts. Finished with 26 tackles, 15 solo and one for a loss Won the
Gonyea Award as the teams most inspirational. He's
the most seasoned
veteran linebacker and the program's most instinctive linebacker and is
a natural playmaker that provides an abundance of energy.
Tuitelewas a 3-star recruit out of Banning HS, CA, and was ranked # 25 at the position. was ranked as the seventh-best defensive back on the West Coast by SuperPrep and the No. 3 safety (PacWest Football), all-state team honoree was named to the California Hot 100 (Cal-Hi Sports)
Junior SLB Jerome Boyd 6'2-220 pounds, started all 12 games for the Ducks as a first year
starter. Led the LB core with 70 tackles, with
for a loss, 1 sacks, one forced fumbles and an interception. Is the
fastest Duck linebacker and was named the tams most improved player and
was a Pac-10 Honorable mention. Boyd is explosive, with good size,
and is a instinctive athlete who defends the run and makes plays all
over the field.
Boyd was a
3-star recruit from Susan Miller Dorsey HS, CA, and was ranked # 24 at the
A PrepStar All-American and rated among the top 40 prep prospects in
Senior MLB Kwame Agyeman 5'11-205 pounds,
Started last 7 games for the Ducks and has 20 career starts. Played WLB
was injured for five games and the last two at
MLB. Finished with 57 tackles, 32 being solo, with 10.5 tackles for a loss,
one sack, and 2
quarterback hurries. Also scored on a 40 yard run against Arizona.
Agyeman was a 3-star recruit coming out of Lake Park HS, IL and was ranked # 30 at the position. Was first-team all-state selection A three-year starter and two-time Upstate Eight Conference honoree.
Sophomore linebacker Kevin Garrett 5'11-215 pounds,
played in 11 games and started once for the Ducks.
Finished with 18 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, half a sack, and 3 QB hurries.
prospect out of
Nathaniel Narbonne HS, OR and was ranked # 17 at the position.
Bay/Westside Region linebacker and L.A. Times regional back of the year,
the fourth-best safety in the state who was rated 49th overall among
Casey Matthews, 6'2-223
pounds, played in 11 games and started once
after John Bacon tore his ACL. finishing with 18 tackles, 4 for a loss,
3-star prospect out of
and was ranked # 21 at the position.
Was ranked among the top
10 linebackers in
linebacker Erik Elshire 6'0-220
pounds, finished with one tackle
Was a walk-on in 2005 from Summit HS, OR, and was the teams 2003 defensive player of the year was an Intermountain Conference all-league pick as a linebacker and tight end. Chosen to take part in the state's 2004 Les Schwab all-star game
|Redshirt Freshman linebacker
Spencer Paysinger 6'2-222
pounds, finished with 2 tackles
2-star prospect out of Beverly Hills HS, CA. earned first-team all-CIF Division IV as well as unanimous league MVP honors.
The Sun Bowl will feature the Bulls linebackers that have a combined 293 tackles from it's starters, while the Ducks have been battling through injuries but have a very solid core as well.
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