Five Bulls made their first starts of the season Saturday against Texas Christian, notably freshman Danny Verpaele, who took over for injured senior Johnnie Jones at strong safety.
The name is familiar to USF fans as Verpaele's brother, Kevin, now a USF graduate assistant, was the Bulls strong safety the past two seasons. Verpaele is the first true freshman to start for USF in the defensive secondary in four years.
On defense, redshirt freshman Ronnie McCullough replaced junior Devon Davis at middle linebacker, making the tackle on TCU's first play. Junior Terrence Royal, who started all 11 games at defensive end last season, returned to the starting lineup in place of senior Craig Kobel, who later lined up at defensive tackle.
Offensively, junior Andre Hall made his first start and showed why early, breaking three tackles on a 58-yard run in the first quarter to set up USF's first touchdown. Hall's run was the longest nonscoring run in USF history, trumping a 55-yarder by Otis Dixon against Georgia Southern in 1998.
Freshman Jackie Chambers, who led the Bulls in receiving yards entering the game, made his first start at receiver in place of J.B. Garris, who entered on the third drive with a brace on his left knee.