Bulls ready for speed on Hurricanes defense
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TAMPA -- A key matchup for USF entering Saturday's game is how much success its ground attack can find against the speed of Miami's defense.
Coach Skip Holtz said the Hurricanes play fast on defense, specifically heaping praise on Miami LB Sean Spence, who he said has been a force for the Hurricanes this season. Spence has a team-leading 89 tackles, including 13 for loss.
"I think Spence is just a machine inside," Holtz said. "He's all over the place. He's involved with the passing game, the running game, the screen game. He flashes. We always talk about flashing. We're watching the film, and some guy goes flying across the field, and you're like, 'Who was that?' It's normally Spence. He is an excellent football player and does a great job."
Meanwhile, the Bulls rank 26th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 205.2 yards per game. RBs Darrell Scott and Demetris Murray and QB B.J. Daniels form a potent ground attack that has excelled this season.
"There's speed all over the field (for Miami)," Murray said. "Their physicalness and toughness is ridiculous. Those guys play hard every snap to the whistle."