Taggart: Bulls fought through "a lot of pain" against Navy
Truth be told, the national TV audience that saw the Bulls sprint past Navy last week really observed a banged-up squad effectively concealing its collective limp, Coach Willie Taggart suggested.
"We were so beat up going into that game it was just like, 'Man, if we can get through this game, things will be a little better for us,'" Taggart said after the second of the Bulls' three bye-week workouts Wednesday.
"It was good to finally have a bye week. It was tough on our guys. They were fighting through a lot of pain, and that's kind of where we're at in the season. It happens. Probably wanted one a little earlier, but it came probably at the best time for us."
Among those in greatest need of a breather are QB Quinton Flowers (hamstring), S Devin Abraham (thumb), CB Ronnie Hoggins (calf) and PK Emilio Nadelman (quad). Nadelman, who exited in the fourth quarter of the Bulls' 52-45 win against the Midshipmen, was slated to see a doctor Wednesday, Taggart said.
RECORD WATCH: Flowers enters the final three games of the regular season on the brink of more USF immortality.
He's 59 passing yards and 79 rushing yards shy of becoming the first 2,000/1,000 player in program history. With 2,862 total yards at this point, he has an excellent shot at breaking Matt Grothe's single-season record (3,542).
And his 17 passing TDs are five shy of his own USF season record established in 2015.
"That's all we talk about: You're either getting better or you're getting worse. No one stays the same," Taggart said. "That's something we wanted Quinton to do, was to get better than what he was last year, and he's on pace to be better than what he was last year."
ODDS AND ENDS: Taggart said he's rooting for Cleveland in Game Seven of the World Series because his coach at Western Kentucky, Jack Harbaugh, loves the Indians. That puts him in stark contrast to Bulls defensive line coach Eric Mathies, a Chicago native. ... Taggart said third-string QB Chris Oladokun threw a TD pass at Wednesday's practice. ... TB Marlon Mack has run for as many touchdowns (11) as USF totaled in 2013.