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USF preseason countdown: Which records will fall in ’18?

Senior receiver Tyre McCants has a realistic shot at a couple of USF career marks
USF receiver Tyre McCants (8) celebrates his first-quarter touchdown with Cameron Ruff (74) during the Bulls' 27-20 win Thursday night against Tulsa at Raymond James Stadium. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
USF receiver Tyre McCants (8) celebrates his first-quarter touchdown with Cameron Ruff (74) during the Bulls' 27-20 win Thursday night against Tulsa at Raymond James Stadium. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Published Jul. 28, 2018

The 22nd preseason in USF football history commences Friday. As a prelude of sorts, we'll spend the next several days examining various players, trends, issues and records to watch this season. Today: a look at some school records that could fall in '18.

Thanks mainly to that Flowers fella, the Bulls may have set a record for…well…records in 2017.

Quinton Flowers exited with more than three-dozen of them, including many career marks. Meantime, Auggie Sanchez set a career record for tackles (388) and tied another for career games started (50), while D'Ernest Johnson exited with the most all-purpose yards (4,186) in program history.

That leaves few career marks ripe for the breaking in '18, though WR Tyre McCants could eclipse a few.

The brawny senior enters his final season averaging 18.1 yards per catch for his career, which comprises 68 receptions. The school's all-time mark — minimum 70 catches — is 17.3, held by Marquez Valdes-Scantling. With two more receptions and a decent yards-after-catch (YAC) figure, McCants should own that mark.

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He also has 13 career touchdown catches, only four shy of Andre Davis' all-time school mark. Far tougher to attain will be Davis' career receiving yardage record (2,136); McCants would need 903 yards — which would represent a USF season record — to break that mark.

Elsewhere, fourth-year junior TE Mitch Wilcox, poised for a breakthrough season, appears a year away from contending for any career records of his own. He enters with 29 career catches for 436 yards and four TDs, still well shy of Sean Price's school all-time marks for catches (75) and yards (897) by a tight end.

As for team records, the Bulls appear to have a shot a pretty significant one.

The program record for consecutive wins against teams currently in the Power Five is four, established in the 2006-07 seasons (West Virginia at the end of '06, then Auburn, North Carolina and West Virginia at the start of '07).

USF enters '18 on a three-game win streak against the Power Five (South Carolina in 2016 Birmingham Bowl, Illinois and Texas Tech last season). With back-to-back wins against Georgia Tech and Illinois in September, the Bulls will have a new mark.