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November 18, 2013
Taggart says the Bulls 'haven't given up'
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USF head football coach Willie Taggart took part in the weekly American Athletic Conference coaches call Monday and assessed his team's performance and the future for USF in the last three games.
"We got to play better offensively moving forward. Executing is everything," Taggart said. "When we panic, we make bad mistakes. I think if we had the right personal we can be effective on offense."
Speaking of the right personnel, Taggart addressed the injury bug that has bitten the Bulls - taking away some key components to the offensive attack.
"We lost 2 receivers this season, and we're down in that respect," Taggart said. "Once we get the personal I think we will be successful offensively."
USF's kicker, Marvin Kloss - missed his first field goal since the opening game. That broke a streak of 13 straight for the junior kicker from Naples, Fla.
"Of course he wants to do his part on special teams to contribute similar to some of the other guys who didn't played to their potential," said Taggart. "But we have to do a better job setting Marvin up to begin with. He was down yesterday, but I think he's doing better now. "
Taggart addressed the future - and the past - as the Bulls begin to look towards 2014 now that any hope of a post-season appearance has been eliminated. He said the beginning of the fix-it-up project begins with him.
"Moving forward if we are going to get better as a football team, it starts with the coaching. This week at practice we need to be confident," Taggart said. "Taking care of the football, the guys will try to do more then what we ask them to do. If everybody does their job from quarterbacks, to offensive line, to running backs, and finish drives."
"If more guys step up and try to make some winning plays for us, I believe that will be the difference against SMU Saturday. For the entire line making locks on pass protection. Those two factors are the biggest focus for us this week at practice."
In order to accomplish those goals, Taggart believes everyone - from coaches to players to himself - needs to do a better job.
"Everybody has got to do better," Taggart said. "We got to do a better job as coaches and these guys need to believe that they can do it."
"We got to do a better job at making it happen and correcting what isn't going right for us. I will say the guys haven't given up and it's a big factor adjusting to different coaches, and these guys aren't resentful toward me at all."