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USF, Daniels readying for Rutgers defense



Way late with this, but here are Tuesday's practice notes from Times correspondent Ian Lanphier. ...


TAMPA -- How well USF's offense fares against a physical Rutgers defense that leads the Big East in several statistical categories could determine the outcome of Saturday's game.

The Bulls, who rank second in the Big East with an average of 282.1 yards passing per game, clash with Rutgers' top-ranked passing defense in the conference, which has allowed just 189.1 yards per game. The Scarlet Knights also lead the Big East in interceptions (15) and third-down defense, while USF has struggled converting on third downs this season.

"(Rutgers does) a great job of disrupting your quarterback's vision, making him feel uneasy ... It's all about the timing of the throw and keeping your quarterback where he can get his feet underneath him and throw with good balance," offensive coordination Todd Fitch said.

Following a career day against Cincinnati, QB B.J. Daniels faces a tough test, relying on a young stable of wide receivers, including freshman WR Andre Davis, who will make his first career start, with leading WR Sterling Griffin sidelined.

"They do a lot of things to try to confuse you," Daniels said. "They're very athletic and fast on defense. They do a great job of taking the ball away ... We have to be conscious of taking care of the ball and just being all tied into our fundamentals."

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 2:38pm]


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