USF LB Joseph eager to make first career start
Junior linebacker Sabbath Joseph has worked at both strongside and weakside this spring, but he's in a good position to make his first career start when USF opens its season Saturday against Wofford.
"It will mean a lot to me," Joseph said of getting his first start. "I've waited under the wings of good linebackers -- Brouce Mompremier, Tyrone McKenzie, Stephen Nicholas. It's really my time to show them what I really have, that I belong on the field."
Joseph said USF's players have done a good job of picking up a new defense under new coordinator Joe Tresey, and that goes a long way toward his optimism about what the Bulls can do this fall.
"I want to help this team win the Big East this year," he said. "There's no reason why we shouldn't win the Big East. There's good competition out there, but we work our tails off. It's about time that we won the Big East and bring the BCS home. From there, the sky's the limit."
USF is likely to rotate in a number of linebackers Saturday -- veterans Kion Wilson, Chris Robinson and Joseph are listed as starters, but newcomers like junior Jacquian Williams and freshman Sam Barrington are expected to see game action as well.
A few links ...
-- The Times' Eduardo Encina writes that USF has extended a scholarship offer to Jefferson's talented junior receiver Andre Davis. Don't forget to check out the Times' new high school sports page, HomeTeam
-- Tonight and Friday are the final NFL preseason games for six former Bulls trying to make NFL rosters -- running back Andre Hall will be here in Tampa on Friday with the Texans against the Bucs and USF alums Jarriett Buie and Marc Dile; cornerback Trae Williams goes for the Eagles tonight against the Jets, running back Chad Simpson goes for the Colts tonight against the Bengals and receiver Taurus Johnson goes for the Chiefs tonight against the Rams.
Four other Bulls -- cornerbacks Anthony Henry and Mike Jenkins and linebackers Stephen Nicholas and Kawika Mitchell -- are safet bets to make their teams' cuts.
-- The Miami Herald ran its USF season preview on Thursday, talking about the Bulls trying to finish a season strong after midseason collapses in each of the last two seasons. The Lakeland Ledger has a preview as well, with a close-cropped shot of Lakeland's own Matt Grothe.
-- Naples News columnist David Moulton says USF will go 8-4 and West Virginia will win the Big East.
-- The Chicago Tribune writes about a potential Big Ten-Big East bowl game in Yankee Stadium, though it likely wouldn't start until the next bowl cycle in 2014.
-- The Conference Scorecard gets its first action of the season tonight, with South Carolina and N.C. State meeting in the first of . Saturday brings a strong slate of seven other BCS nonconference showdowns -- Minnesota at Syracuse, Baylor at Wake Forest, Missouri at Illinois, Maryland at Cal, LSU at Washington and two top 15 matchups -- Georgia at Oklahoma State and Alabama vs. Virginia Tech in Atlanta.
This is also a huge weekend for the BCS busters, with two games against ranked BCS teams -- No. 16 Boise State hosts No. 14 Oregon, and No. 20 BYU gets No. 3 Oklahoma.