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South Florida Bulls 2009 football preview



Basics

Coach: Jim Leavitt (87-52)

2008 record: 8-5, 2-5 Big East

Conference: Big East

Radio: 970-AM, 1300-AM (Spanish)

Web site: GoUSFbulls.com

Area players

• Ed Alcin, Jr., WR, Chamberlain

• Delbert Alvarado, Sr., P/K, Robinson

• Colby Erskin, Sr., WR, Seminole

• Julius Forte, Fr., DE, Boca Ciega

• Ryne Giddins, Fr., DE, Armwood

• Zach Hermann, Jr., G, East Lake

• Chaz Hine, So., G, Newsome

• Lindsey Lamar, Fr., RB, Hillsborough

• JaQuez Jenkins, Fr., S, Lakewood

• Carlton Mitchell, Jr., WR, Gaither

• Mark Popek, Fr., OT, Plant City

• Armando Sanchez, Fr., LB, Northeast

• Andreas Shields, Fr., TE, Wharton

• Leslie Stirrups, Jr., DT, Hillsborough

• Jacquian Williams, Jr., LB, Riverview

• Theo Wilson, Sr., WR, Dunedin

• Jerrell Young, So., SS, Gibbs

Position analysis

QUARTERBACK

Senior Matt Grothe needs 288 yards of offense to set the Big East record. Expect redshirt freshman B.J. Daniels to see regular playing time to prepare him for 2010.

RUNNING BACKS

Mike Ford is suspended for two games, and Jamar Taylor is out until mid October with a knee injury. Senior Mo Plancher is the trusted veteran and Lindsey Lamar a speedy freshman. Aston Samuels is back after missing 2008 with a shoulder injury.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Four starters are gone. Junior guard Zach Hermann, below, who started five games last year, is the most experienced. Center Sampson Genus was a defensive tackle last year. Left-side starters Jeremiah Warren and Chaz Hine have little experience.

RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

Jessie Hester (ankle) and A.J. Love (knee) return from injury. Sophomore Dontavia Bogan and junior Carlton Mitchell are proven targets. Watch for freshman Sterling Griffin and versatile Evan Landi, the No. 3 QB. Former walk-on Kenneth Luberice is the top tight end.

DEFENSIVE LINE

It's the deepest position, led by All-America end George Selvie. Tackle Terrell McClain and end Aaron Harris are multiyear starters. Watch for freshmen ends Ryne Giddins and Julius Forte, junior tackle Leslie Stirrups and junior end Jason Pierre-Paul.

LINEBACKERS

Senior Kion Wilson anchors the middle, with junior Sabbath Joseph the likely weakside starter. Senior Chris Robinson could start at strongside, but expect freshman Sam Barrington and junior Jacquian Williams to push him.

SECONDARY

Safety Nate Allen and corner Jerome Murphy are senior leaders, and sophomore Jerrell Young should start at strong safety. The key is two other first-year starters in the nickel, likely sophomore Quenton Washington and freshman Kayvon Webster.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Much rides on senior Delbert Alvarado, who will handle punts, kicks and perhaps kickoffs. Sophomore walk-on Mike Walsh takes over as long snapper. Look for Dontavia Bogan to build on a record season on kickoff returns. Senior Theo Wilson might take over punt returns.

About the stadium | Raymond James Stadium

Capacity: 65,857

Tickets: Individual game tickets are available for $10, $25 and $30, plus fees, through Ticketmaster (outlets, Ticketmaster.com, toll-free 1-800-745-3000) and from the USF ticket office by calling toll-free 1-800-462-8557. Season tickets start at $147.

Parking: Most of the parking is south of the stadium — south of Tampa Bay Boulevard between Himes Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway — and north just before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Lots also are east of Himes and across from Dale Mabry at Steinbrenner Field.

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