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November 12, 2013

Taggart talks penalties, bye week on radio show

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This week on the weekly Coach Willie Taggart Radio Show hosted at Beef O' Brady's on Temple Terrace, Coach Taggart spoke about recruiting, the flaws in the previous game against Houston, and what the team is focusing on going forward.

With national signing day quickly approaching, Taggart addressed the efforts the staff has put towards recruiting during the past bye week.

"Every bye week we've had was dedicated to recruiting," Taggart said. "We work with our football team then the coaches are out Thursday, Friday, Saturday. It's not often I get a chance to but during the bye week I'm out trying to see as many kids as I can,"

Taggart went more in depth with his recruiting efforts by describing exactly what characteristics he looks for in kids at the high school level.

"We want tough, smart, highly competitive people in our football program. We want them to be fast, tough, and physical. You want guys that hate losing," Taggart said.

Taggart believed that a lack of effort and penalties were the key reasons the Bulls struggled defensively against Houston in their last game.

"I didn't think in the first half we played with good effort defensively," Taggart said. "Every time guys were catching a ball, you would have three or four guys running to the ball and others would think oh they got him, but then you would see him break through (the tackles). And then it was too late,"

"With 19 penalties, you're not gonna win many ball games that way. We just hurt ourselves in a lot of senses," Taggart said.

Despite the loss, the Bulls showed signs of improvement, most notably on the offensive side of the ball. Taggart talked about how he plans for the offense to improve even more going forward.

"Consistent improvement. We're setting the foundation of what we're gonna be as a program going forward," Taggart said.

Speaking of the progression of new Quarterback Mike White specifically, Taggart said: "We're just gonna bring him along slowly. It's great to see Mike distribute the ball to a lot of receivers and I think that gets the team more involved."

Going forward, the Bulls will face Memphis at home this Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.



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