USFNation Game Grades: USF at FIU

The Bulls went into FIU a 4-touchdown favorite, but only came out with a 17-9 win. The game wasn't what fans expected, but they still came away with a win. Now see how we graded each position from the Bulls win over the FIU Panthers. Only on USFNation.com

QUARTERBACKS (C-): Matt Grothe's non-descript performance set a tone for a very disappointing day in Miami that could have very well been crushing if FIU were a little better. Grothe's numbers weren't particularly bad and he didn't have any turnovers but there was very little of the emotion that you expect from your leader and for that the entire offense was flat.

RUNNING BACKS (B-): Once again Jamar Taylor came through for a ineffective (and probably still injured) Mike Ford and a seldom-used Mo Plancher. Taylor is the best option for the Bulls right now and could be the best option for the team in the near future. No complaints with the work load of the running backs as Taylor, Ford and Plancher got 32 carries. Richard Kelly probably should have gotten a few more touches.

WIDE RECEIVERS (C): Taurus Johnson had two catches for minus-4 yards? Amazing. A.J. Love is establishing himself as the Bulls' number one receiving threat and definitely the most consistent receiving threat on the field. With FIU's young and overly aggressive secondary I expected this group to feast but they didn't.

OFFENSIVE LINE (C): Gave up a couple of sacks and the running game stumbled to a 3.8 average. Frankly these guys were outplayed by an inferior defense that was willing to work harder. Very disappointing.

DEFENSIVE LINE (B): George Selvie had his most productive game of the season with a sack and two tackles for losses. The rest of the line got a big push but once again failed to make the plays that make a difference in the game. You can sense that this unit is going to create some of these breaks soon, but it hasn't happened yet.

LINEBACKERS (B+): First of all I'm happy Brouce Mompremier is ok, that was very scary and I look forward to his return to the field. Carlton Williams got the start and delivered by leading the team with eight tackles. Tyrone McKenzie had another strong game with seven tackles and TFL. The addition of Williams makes the unit much more active and athletic.

SECONDARY (B): Going into this game there was little doubt that this unit was going to get an 'A' because the FIU quarterback situation is so bad. But a inexcusable 61-yard completion dropped them a grade point. Otherwise I didn't expect the FIU offense to challenge this group much and they didn't.

SPECIAL TEAMS (C): Getting a kick blocked is a cardinal sin in my grade book. Automatic grade drop for every kick that in blocked by the opposition. Maikon Bonani made his other short field goal and Delbert Alvarado punted adequately. Perfectly acceptable performance from the group with one very notable exception

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