USF season preview: Shaw's potential, notes and more
Here's the modern newspaper writer's conundrum: How do I convince my local readers that today's a great day to go out and buy a paper to see our USF football season preview ... then offer up links to see it online for free?
Anyway, there's lots of USF football in today's paper -- it's cool to still have those days where you hurry out to the driveway to see how it all looks as a finished product. Our main preview story focuses on running back Marcus Shaw, who was used to having 300-yard games in high school, but has rushed for 400 yards in three years at USF. That could change this fall, and we write about his maturity and his frustrations last season. (And I like the second Willie Allen photo in the story even better, from the acrobatic Shaw to the sidelines in background, full of redshirting Bulls.)
There's also a position-by-position preview, as well as notes on who the strongest Bulls player is -- you might be surprised, but it's defensive tackle Todd Chandler, who can bench-press 225 pounds 37 times, one shy of the high at this spring's NFL Combine. You'll learn why walk-on fullback Ryan Eppes is a name to watch, why USF's tight end receiving records could fall this season and where next week's crowd at Michigan State will rank among the biggest ever to see the Bulls play. ...