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April 19, 2013

Key concerns for lack of depth at RB

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Now that spring football is complete, it's time to continue our look at postion battles for 2013 and needs for the 2014 recruiting class.

As the 2013 season approaches the running backs at USF should be excited about the offense that Coach Willie Taggart is bringing with him.

There are a lot of two and three-back, two tight end sets and the new offense will run a lot of downhill power football.

After coaching the likes of Toby Gerhart, Bobby Rainey and most recently Antonio Andrews the Bulls running backs should be excited about the opportunity ahead.

Guys like Marcus Shaw, Michael Pierre, Willie Davis and company have had 16 practices to get familiar with the offense this spring.

Experience will be a factor

Experience will be an area of concern for the inexperience Bulls backfield with only Shaw having played significant snaps in a Bulls uniform.

  • Marcus Shaw carried the ball 51 times for 252 yards in 2012. He is a tough physical back that keeps his feet moving when contact is made with him.

  • Michael Pierre is a junior college transfer who played two seasons at Golden Gate College in California gives the Bulls a back with great vision and a lot of toughness.

  • Willie Davis brings a solid 215 pound frame that can take a lot of contact and continue to the next level when tacklers are around.

    Incoming class

    With those returning players the Bulls signed two heralded prospects in Miami Northwestern's Darius Tice, who, at 6-feet, 210 pounds, is a fast and elusive back with a great change of direction. Stafon McCray (Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola) a 5-foot-11, 198 pound back gives the Bulls a power back with an deft ability to run down hill and gain yards after tackle.

    . The keys for the Bulls is competition and who steps up and becomes the leader of the back field whether it be Shaw, Pierre, Davis or one of the new freshman when they report.

    Needs - 2014

    With the concern at the QB position the running back position will be leaned on a lot to control the offense and is very key to the success in 2013.

    With that said, both Shaw and Pierre are seniors, so filling the cupboard is key for USF.

    The Bulls have a commitment from Jarvis Stewart of Largo (Fla.) High School and are busy working on others. Key targets include Rivals.com four-stars Derrell Scott of Havelock (N.C.) High School, and Gainesville (Fla.) High School RB Tony James. Immokalee (Fla.) RB D'ernest Johnson already had a local connection, with Deadrin Senat signing with the Bulls last year and Jimmy Bayes committing this year.



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