Tresey's Debut with the Bulls a Solid One

The Bulls' first-year defensive coordinator had a tall order for his debut – stopping the multi-faceted rushing attack of Wofford, and after the Terriers first drive they did just that. The Bulls defense also changed the game's momentum by forcing turnovers, a staple of Tresey's defenses.

Thankfully Joe Tresey got the first drive out of the way.

"We started out a little rough, but I've been around this game for a long time and sometimes that's going to happen," he said.

The Bulls' first-year defensive coordinator had a tall order for his debut – stopping the multi-faceted rushing attack of Wofford that was second in the nation for FCS schools in 2008.

On the Terriers first series they drove 69 yards in 13 plays to tie the game.

"We had a tough time sticking to our assignments and the quarterback and the fullback were able to bust a couple big gains on us," Tresey added.

After the initial growing pains, the unit settled down and by the second half the defensive line started to disrupt Wofford quarterback Mitch Allen. George Selvie ignited the surge with his first sack of the season – the 26.5 of his career and from there the rotation of defensive linemen started to wear down the scrappy Terrier offense.

"We ran about eight defensive linemen in the game," Tresey added. "It's hard to talk about whose starting and who's going to play which down because we're using all of them."

The Bulls were also able to change the game's momentum by forcing turnovers, one of the staples of Tresey-coached defenses.

Jerome Murphy made arguably the biggest play on defense when he punched the ball of out Wofford running back Eric Breitenstein's hands on what looked to be a potential touchdown. Tyson Butler recovered the fumble at the USF 4 and the offense drove 96 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 33-7.

"That was something we needed and Jerome delivered big," Tresey added.

Not everything was roses for Tresey's unit. Safety Jerrell Young will be out indefinitely with a broken arm and that will be a big loss to an already thin secondary.

Still given the opponent and their unique style of attack, Tresey's debut with the Bulls has to be considered a success.

"We did some good things in the second half, we kept our assignments," Tresey said. "The good news is we won't have to prepare for a team like this again."

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