Senior Hine leads players-only meeting for Bulls
Hoping to spark USF football as the Bulls try to end a four-game losing streak, senior center and co-captain Chaz Hine led a players-only meeting Monday as the team prepares for Friday's game at Syracuse.
"Chaz does a great job leading. He's one guy in particular that when he speaks, everybody listens," junior linebacker Sam Barrington said. "For him to get up and lead that team meeting today was powerful. It actually motivated me today in practice and I think it's going to do great things for us throughout the course of the rest of the season."
The Bulls have lost four in a row for the first time in the program's 15-year history, and Saturday's overtime loss at Rutgers saw the Bulls lose a 14-point lead in the final eight minutes. Sophomore defensive end Ryne Giddins said Monday's show of senior leadership should go a long way toward motivating the Bulls' younger players.
"Chaz came up, pointed some people out, spoke up for the team and told everybody to get their stuff together," Giddins said. "It helps a lot because you see they're trying. When you don't see any seniors stepping up or saying anything, it's like 'What's going on?' When he's stepping up and other seniors are stepping up, they're showing us they still want to fight, and we're going to fight for them."