Selmon family to serve as USF captains Saturday
In observance of the 20th season of Bulls football, the family of former athletic director Lee Roy Selmon will serve as honorary captains for Saturday's homecoming contest against East Carolina, the school confirmed.
Additionally, roughly two-dozen members of USF's inaugural team will be recognized. Names of the alumni are expected to be released Thursday.
The current Bulls will try to extend their program-record streak of conference victories to six, which would double the previous mark set twice in Big East play (the last in 2010).
LAUDING THE LINE: Five games into the season, the reassembled offensive line has emerged as the Bulls' biggest surprise. Despite returning only two from the quintet that started all 13 games last season, USF has allowed the fewest sacks in the American Athletic Conference (1.4 per game) so far.
And the rushing attack? Well, the Bulls have run for at least 200 yards in a school-record 10 consecutive games...and counting.
"I think they're doing a fantastic job," Coach Willie Taggart said. "Coach (Darren) Hiller (first-year line coach) is doing a good job of coaching those guys up and getting them to play with each other, and have a synergy that those guys need. I think they're doing a fantastic job.
"I think this week (at Cincinnati) was by far their best job."
Hiller, who arrived in the offseason from -- ironically enough -- Cincinnati, said his group had only two missed assignments against the Bearcats. He especially praised the interior blocking of C Cameron Ruff, RG Dominique Threatt and LG Jeremi Hall.
"The offensive line, we're just guys that are just pieces to the puzzle, and what we have to do is make sure that we're taking care of our gap-assignment responsibility and let our skill guys do what they do," Hiller said.
"And so far we've been doing a good job of that. We've gotten better from a physical standpoint from Game 1 to Game 5, and again, that's still a work in progress and we've still got to keep getting better."
The unit's depth -- a glaring preseason concern -- gets tested from here on with starting RT Billy Atterbury out indefinitely with a fractured right leg. Fellow redshirt freshman Marcus Norman steps in, backed by converted DL Eric Mayes. Freshman Logan MacDonald (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) replaces Mayes as backup left tackle.
"(MacDonald) is a guy that's very gifted from an athletic standpoint," Hiller said. "The biggest thing with him, we've got to get a little weight on him. But he's got a nasty demeanor to him and he plays with good technique."
INJURY UPDATE: CB Deatrick Nichols, who had concussion-like symptoms after the Cincinnati game, engaged in a full practice Wednesday after spending the previous day in a non-contact jersey.
"Had a good practice," defensive coordinator Raymond Woodie said. "He could've gone (Tuesday) but just for precautionary reasons he sat out and he's the type of kid that, he's a player. We don't worry about his effort and the things he brings to the table."
SS Austin Hudson had a non-contact jersey Wednesday -- the reason wasn't specified -- but Woodie sounded hopeful of him returning to practice by Thursday.
ODDS AND ENDS: QB Quinton Flowers confirmed he watched the birth of his daughter, Amayah, last week -- all without fainting. ... Thanks primarily to the FSU turnout (61,665), USF's average announced home attendance this season (44,733) ranks second in the conference behind ECU (46,974). ... The next milestone for Marlon Mack -- becoming only the 17th 3,000-yard rusher in Florida collegiate history. He enters Saturday's game with 2,755 career yards.