Taggart's forecast: End to turnover deluge
Correspondent Jeff Odom's report from Tuesday's practice:
While turnovers have plagued the USF offense during the season's first three games, Coach Willie Taggart said he doesn't expect them to carry over into Saturday’s meeting with No. 15 Miami.
“I think that’s something that’s going to stop,” said Taggart, whose team logged additional work during the bye week in search of a resolution. “We can’t go the whole year turning the ball over for touchdowns; that’s unheard of. I think as soon as that stops, you’ll see a different ball club.”
Of the 102 points scored against the Bulls this year, only 67 have come against the defense. In total, opposing defenses have scored five touchdowns.
“You really haven’t seen our offense yet, because we've been down and we’re not built to come from behind yet,” Taggart said.
“We don’t have the personnel to do those things yet. So, it’s important that we stop spotting teams points and we have to play smart to keep ourselves in the ballgame.”
REAL DEAL: Taggart touted Miami as one of the best programs in the country and a national championship contender. He pointed to various playmakers such as QB Stephen Morris and HB Duke Johnson as the reason.
“I don’t see any weaknesses on their football team right now. I see a lot of talent and all athletes,” Taggart said. “They’re not a tropical storm anymore, I know that. They’re a hurricane now, but we’ll be ready.”
ODDS AND ENDS: Junior LB Reshard Cliett (shoulder) participated in Tuesday’s practice and could play Saturday. … Taggart reiterated that freshman RB Darius Tice could get his first game action of the season against Miami. … USF announced its American Athletic Conference opener against Cincinnati Oct. 5 will be a 7 p.m. kickoff. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.