Four games in, we don’t contemplate any redshirt-eligible Bulls following the lead of Houston quarterback D’Eriq King, who has opted to forgo the rest of this season and re-boot in 2020. But one can reasonably presume some players ― including prep seniors who have verbally committed to USF ― are pondering their futures.
Despite struggling to create run lanes ― or protection ― for the better part of four games, USF’s starting offensive line inexplicably remains intact. On Saturday, only one backup offensive lineman ― 6-foot-7 Virginia Tech transfer Jarrett Hopple ― got in the game.
USF, dead last in the American Athletic Conference in third-down conversion percentage (31.1 percent) entering the weekend, likely will remain in the basement for now. The Bulls were 4-for-16 on third downs Saturday. By contrast, SMU was 9-for-17