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Joey Knight's takeaways from USF-Texas Tech Birmingham Bowl

LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times South Florida Bulls tight end Mitchell Wilcox (89) drops a deep pass during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl between the South Florida Bulls and Texas Tech Red Raiders at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.
LOREN ELLIOTT | Times South Florida Bulls tight end Mitchell Wilcox (89) drops a deep pass during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl between the South Florida Bulls and Texas Tech Red Raiders at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.
Published Dec. 23, 2017

If this bowl game did in fact serve as a de facto NFL audition for some of USF's seniors, then nose tackle Deadrin Senat might've made himself some coin Saturday. The strongest player on the team (with a 675-pound squat), Senat continued his late-season rampage with three first-half sacks, equaling his season total entering the contest.

With Division I-A football staffs increasing from nine to 10 coaches, we wonder if Charlie Strong will fill that fresh vacancy with a special-teams consultant. The Bulls' deficiencies in that area were exposed again Saturday, when Texas Tech downed a punt at the 1, and Red Raiders speedster Keke Coutee returned a kickoff 41 yards.

Whomever wins the Bulls' quarterback derby next summer — and it appears it will feature four guys — will vie with the new Rays third baseman for most unenviable job in the bay area.

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