How good will the safeties be this season?
The safety unit was a question mark going into the season, but right from the start emerged as a playmaking unit.
First year starting sophomore
Nate Allen quickly established
as a player in week two against
Opposite Allen was Junior
strong Safety Carlton Williams who finished fifth on the team with 63
tackles with 5.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 FR and 2 QB hits. In the big win over
Through out the season the unit came up big, and with another year of experience and conditioning, both Allen and Williams should be even better.
Can the defensive line be a force in 2007?
The Bulls D-line could have been a force, and at times were, but overall the unit wasn't exactly dominating.
There's no denying that consensus All-American George Selvie had a phenomenal year, finishing with 31.5 TFL's, a new Big East record and just half a TFL shy of the NCAA record of 32. His 14.5 sacks were 2nd in the nation and his 3 forced fumbles led the Big East. Selvie finished with 58 tackles, 46 of them solo, 12 quarterback hits and 1 blocked kick on the season.
The line faired well, but the Bulls also faced some very big offensive lines this year, and gave up some huge games against good running teams, and at times couldn't get near the QB.
The good news is that Selvie will continue to get better, and the Bulls got some valuable time from true freshman Terrell McClain, Josh Smiley and others, but it looks like this question will be asked again in '08.
How will the Bulls handle the increased national attention?
Through the first six games of
the season with huge wins at
However, going into
Did the Bulls succumb to the pressure? Maybe a little, but probably not very much, but if the pressure is getting to them they can't let it show. It's always easy to be media darlings during a winning streak, but the Bulls have got to learn to handle the bad times better. The Bulls are a young team and have garnered a lot of attention and won't be sneaking up on anyone, so they better get used to it.
Will this be the year that the Bulls host a sell-out crowd?
We talked about it before the
season. Imagining if USF beats
Well the Bulls did in fact
The Bulls did it again when 65,948 fans filled Raymond James to see the Bulls thrash the Knights 64-12
Overall, 2007, was a banner year in terms of attendance. USF averaged 53,170 fans in its six home games at Raymond James Stadium in 2007. That's up from USF's 2006 average attendance of 30,222, so that's an increase of 22,948 over last year, the largest in the NCAA. Not bad for '07 Bulls
Can the Bulls win the BIG EAST this year?
The Bulls could have won the
BIG EAST this year, and after a huge win against
That notion hit a bump three
weeks later when the lost their first
game of the season and first BE loss 30-27 at
That was until the following
week, when the Bulls were ejected from that seat in a tough 22-17 loss on a
rainy day at
The Big East spiral continued
the next week with a disappointing 38-33 loss at home against
The Bulls finished with big
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