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Bulls notes: Taggart seeks playmakers, QB stability



Based on Coach Willie Taggart's comments during the AAC weekly coaches teleconference Monday, the Bulls bye week will represent an open casting call for offensive playmakers -- and one guy to pass it to them.

After using three quarterbacks in as many games, Taggart indicated he'd like to settle on one -- likely Steven Bench or Bobby Eveld -- this week and give that person the majority of reps during Miami week.

The AAC confirmed the Sept. 28 game between the Bulls and 'Canes at Raymond James Stadium will kick off at noon. It will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPNU.

"I think that would be really nice for our offense to get some consistency and give the majority of the reps (to one guy) and be well prepared for the game," Taggart said.

"We're going to use this week to really focus on that part and make sure we've got the right guy at that position that's going to help us produce some offense."

USF (0-3) ranks last in the AAC and 120th nationally in total offense (257.3 yards per game). Its pass-efficiency rating (75.9) is second-worst among FBS schools, leading only BYU.

"I told our guys this week we're looking for playmakers. So if they're out there come see me," Taggart said.

"We're going to put you in position to see if you can make some plays for us. We're trying to find every which way we can to get some offense, especially from the passing game standpoint."

SHAW HONORED: Two days after rushing for a career-best 153 yards against FAU, TB Marcus Shaw was among five players named to the AAC's weekly honor roll. Shaw currently ranks second in the conference with 394 yards.

INJURY UPDATE: Taggart reported no major injuries from Saturday's loss to FAU. He didn't specify the ailment of S JaQuez Jenkins, spotted on crutches in Saturday's second half, only to say he got "dinged up" but it was "nothing really too serious."

ODDS AND ENDS: Taggart said the Bulls likely will hold a couple of scrimmages for younger players this week "while preparing for Miami the entire time." ... He added freshman WLB Nigel Harris (12 tackles vs. FAU) will remain in the playing rotation -- somewhere -- even when normal starter Reshard Cliett (shoulder) returns. "He's just too good of a player, too good of an athlete to not be on the football field," Taggart said.

[Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 2:21pm]


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