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'Amazing': Forte glad to be back healthy on defense



TAMPA -- After missing USF's opener recovering from knee surgery, senior defensive end Julius Forte made a splash in his debut, getting his first career forced fumble on a sack in the first quarter of the Bulls' 21-6 loss at Michigan State.

"It was an amazing feeling. I almost cried on the sidelines," said Forte, who will be part of a deep defensive line going after Florida Atlantic in Saturday's home game. "More so, it was just amazing being out there on that stage with my brothers again. It's been a while since I've been out, actually getting to run around and have fun with those guys."

Forte said his knee felt fine after the game, and he was encouraged by a new energy on the Bulls defense, compared to the disappointment in the opening loss to McNeese State.

"We grind, we grind, we grind, but a lot of times we lose the fun in the grind," he said. "That's what I try to bring when I come out here every day, just get everybody juiced up. We need to remember to have fun at the end of the day."

THIS AND THAT: After starting four possessions inside their 10-yard line Saturday, USF is looking at new options for punt return, with receivers Andre Davis and Chris Dunkley getting looks at Wednesday's practice. ... USF defensive tackle Elkino Watson, who had an MRI on an injured knee, is healthy enough to be working with the No. 1 defense.

(Forte video is from postgame Saturday ...)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 8:02pm]


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