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Notes: Bulls prepare for improved Cincy defense

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Here are Wednesday's practice notes from Times correspondent Ian Lanphier ...

TAMPA -- USF's chances of earning its first win in the Big East this season may rest with how well it can exploit a versatile Cincinnati defense that excels in many areas.

The Bulls, who have scored just 27 points combined in their last two games, could struggle against a Bearcats' defense that ranks in the top 15 in the country in turnover margin, turnovers gained, rushing defense and scoring defense.

"We've seen what they can do, and like I've said before, they do a good job of stopping the run, stopping the pass and taking turnovers away from people, so ... we'll have to do a really good job of protecting (the ball)," said junior QB B.J. Daniels.

STILL CONFIDENT: Despite recent offensive struggles, USF's offense remains confident in its ability to produce and help the team win.

"We're still a confident group because we know what we can do ... We've come out ready to go in practice and perform every day in practice. It's just, you know, game time we have to get it clicking on Saturdays," said senior WR A.J. Love.

WAITING ON A RETURN: Sophomore punt returner Terrence Mitchell remains sidelined from a concussion he suffered last month against UTEP,, coach Skip Holtz said Wednesday.

"He's doing well. He's progressing along well, and everything is on track. I mean, we're just waiting for some of his (concussion test) numbers to get back to his baseline," he said.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:17am]

    

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