USF LB Joseph: 'You cannot win with penalties'
TAMPA -- Linebacker Sabbath Joseph says if USF is going to rebound from a loss to No. 8 Cincinnati, that turnaround must begin with fewer penalties and miscues when the Bulls face No. 20 Pittsburgh on Saturday.
"We know in order to be able to bounce back and win the Big East, we can't have the mental errors we have (had)," Joseph said Tuesday. "We've got to finish, plain and simple. We've got to finish the third and fourth quarter."
Joseph took specific exception to USF's 12 penalties on Thursday, grabbing senior cornerback Jerome Murphy by the facemask after another flag.
"You cannot win with penalties," he said. "We gave up 80 yards to their offense in penalties. The Big East is a very good league ... when you give up penalties like that, you give them chances to score and extra yards they don't need. I just felt I had to step up and let everybody know we can't have that anymore. We have to play good South Florida defense football like we usually do. It's all about playing smart, fast, disciplined football."
Joseph was saddened Sunday by news that Connecticut cornerback Jasper Howard had been stabbed and killed on campus early Sunday morning. Joseph called Howard "a good friend;" both are from Miami, and Joseph's roommate, former Bulls linebacker Brouce Mompremier, played with Howard at Miami's Edison High School. Joseph had traded messages with Howard on Facebook.com as recently as Friday.
"I played Optimist football against him, and a lot of my family played at Edison, so I was there a lot, watching him," he said. "The last time we hung out was Memorial Day weekend on South Beach. We talked a lot. I told him I was proud of him and keep up the good work. To find out what happened to him is a very sad thing."
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