ANNAPOLIS, Md. — If you were a minute late in flipping on CBS Sports Network's coverage of the USF-Navy contest, well, you missed the Bulls' most dazzling moment of the day by 45 seconds. Here's a little more on Rodney Adams' 97-yard kick return, as well as a few other potentially overlooked items.
1. Adams said the Bulls had practiced the alignment of the return all week and executed it just as he had envisioned. The return was USF's first for a touchdown since current graduate assistant (and Hillsborough High alumnus) Lindsey Lamar went 100 yards against Louisville on Nov. 13, 2010. "The blockers up front blocked it perfectly," Adams said. "Everybody executed it well. Tye Turner with a perfect block on the kicker and Tyre (McCants) leading me through the hole."
2. While the world saw Bulls sophomore Emilio Nadelman's two missed field goals, it might have missed this postgame sound bite from coach Willie Taggart: He's re-opening the Bulls' kicking competition. "We've got to make sure we find someone that can get the job done," he said. Nadelman is 6-for-11 on field goals this season, including 1-for-5 from 40 yards or longer.
3. Bulls QB Quinton Flowers, who gained only 15 of his 223 total yards on the ground, said the thigh contusion he suffered last week against SMU left him at about 80 percent Saturday. Yet he assumed the blame for some misreads that helped account for USF's worst rushing effort (62 yards) of the season. "With me being a dual-threat quarterback I should be able to know when to run and when not to run," he said. "I know I'm not 100 percent, but I just fault myself as the quarterback of the offense."
4. Not only did Navy QB Keenan Reynolds tie former Wisconsin RB Montee Ball's NCAA career record for rushing touchdowns (77), he moved within 240 yards of Napoleon McCallum's career rushing record at Navy (4,179). Afterward, he called the rushing touchdown mark "just a number," to which Midshipmen NG Bernie Serra retorted, "Yeah, it is a number. … It is a really big number."
5. Former Newsome High three-way star Will Worth got more air time than he or his team likely envisioned, or hoped for. Navy, accustomed to finding the end zone, had to settle for three field goals, and Worth held on all of them. The Tampa Bay Times' 2012 Offensive Player of the Year for Hillsborough County, Worth is the Midshipmen's No. 3 quarterback. "It's definitely been tough," Worth said last week. "But if I do (have to be a third-stringer) I'm glad it's behind someone who's going to break the school rushing record."
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