The Bulls held their final scrimmage of camp under the lights Friday night, and USF defensive coordinator Mark Snyder talks about the Bulls last scrimmage of camp.
"Well there's a lot of excitement and you can tell that game time is getting close and these kids are excited to go hit somebody other than their own teammates."
After three weeks of training camp, Snyder liked what he saw in the final scrimmage.
"I saw a bunch of enthusiasm," said Snyder. "We still got some things that we got to get cleaned up, but I saw a bunch of flying around, and hitting. We got around twenty good live reps and I was pleased with what I saw."
Considering how much they worked on it Snyder said it was hard to recall individual plays without watching the tape, but did se several big plays that stood out.
"We were going against the whole team so it was hard to evaluate in that aspect," said Snyder. "We did have an interception for a touchdown by Mistral Raymond, and had our hands on another one that would have been gone."
With around twenty live reps, Snyder liked what he saw out of his defensive squad.
"We had a couple of turnovers in those twenty plays, and I liked the crisp hitting and the enthusiasm they had."
Coach inferred that the biggest difference he sees from the first scrimmage to the last was the energy and endurance.
"You can tell they got their legs back," said Snyder. "Camp legs are gone and it looks like they got their legs back tonight."
With the first game against Stony Brook one week away, coach says the team has the first game in their sites now.
"I think so," said Snyder. "I don't think there's any question that they see the light at the end of the tunnel."
Coach said besides their game play, there were other intangible aspects that he was impressed with.
"I saw a bunch of love, a bunch of enthusiasm, and a bunch of guys loving one another," said Snyder. "The three's got out there, and that's always a morale builder, when those young kids get to get out there and play and have the older guys cheer for them is pretty special."
With camp over and the team in game week mode, Coach knows what he wants to work on before the opening kick-off.
"We got to do what we do. We got to make sure we do what South Florida does, and if we do that, then we should be fine."