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September 30, 2013

Taggart, Shaw and Forte say Bulls are close

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The weekly Willie Taggart Radio Show held at Beef O' Brady's on Temple Terrace featured Head Coach Willie Taggart, Senior Marcus Shaw, and Senior Julius Forte speaking about the team.

The show kicked off with Taggart and Shaw talking about how Shaw's career has drastically transformed under the new coaching staff. Shaw has went from hardly receiving playing time, to racking up over 500 yards in 4 games and being ranked 12th in the FBS for rushing yards.

"The coach, that's the difference," Shaw said. Shaw said he didn't wish to speak poorly of anyone, but he was grateful for the opportunities for which Taggart has presented him with.

Taggart spoke of how he has been a fan of Shaw ever since his high school days.

"When I was at WKU, we recruited Marcus," Taggart said.

With a coach that is willing to give him the chance, Shaw has shined and played the biggest role in manufacturing points for the Bulls this season.

Taggart was asked as to what progress the team has made, and what they need to improve upon heading into conference play this week.

"I'm talking from the offensive side, I saw a lot more execution than I did in the first three games," Taggart said.

While the offense did score two touchdowns and move the ball effectively on some drives, it needs to be worked on and improved going forward. Taggart says this begins with getting consistent and getting Steven Bench more comfortable and familiar with the offense.

Forte then joined the show to talk about the defense and his interception return for a touchdown. He reiterated that he merely got lucky on his interception, but Forte was seemingly being humble.

Forte spoke about the friendly competition between the defense and how they push each other to be better. He also spoke of how the Bulls are on the verge of figuring everything out and the fans should be patient for that to happen.

"The fans should be there to see that spark. They should be there to see the team finally click on all cylinders,"

The fans need to be there for the Bulls during this tough time. Both the players and the coaches have spoken of how important fan support is through the rebuilding process. As the show concluded, Taggart left the fans with a final thought.

"Our football team needs our fans. I know they're disappointed and we are too. They can bring some strength to our football team Saturday," Taggart said.



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