Two-tight set: McFarland, Price both earn preseason love

Blake High alumnus Mike McFarland is a preseason first-team All-American Athletic Conference pick of at least two college football magazines.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Blake High alumnus Mike McFarland is a preseason first-team All-American Athletic Conference pick of at least two college football magazines.

USF fans navigating the thicket of preseason college football magazines likely have noticed a discrepancy as glaring as the glossy covers:

The authors fail to reach a consensus on who'll emerge as the Bulls' best tight end.

Sporting News and Lindy's, two of the earliest arrivals to reach newsstands, both project Blake High alumnus Mike McFarland as a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection. Their likely basis: history. McFarland, a senior endowed with NFL-caliber physical upside (6-foot-5, 260 pounds), was a second-team all-conference pick last season (23 catches, 288 yards, two TDs).

But wouldn't fellow veteran Sean Price (6-3, 249) have something to say about that, especially after a breakthrough spring?

"I think he will," Coach Willie Taggart said at the Bulls' Around the Horns gathering Tuesday in Lakeland. "I will say this: Don't be surprised if Sean's not on there. From last year to where we're at now, he's totally different."

Two days later, USF released a preview of venerable prognosticator Phil Steele's 2014 Bulls outlook, in which Price is a preseason first-team all-AAC pick. Steele's magazine hits stores later this month.

"Sean's lost some weight and he can run around a little better than what he did before, and he's starting to make a lot more plays than he did before," Taggart said. "We're actually asking Sean to do a lot more than we did last year."

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