Friday, June 14, 2013
Weak and strong: USF Bulls
By Andrea Adelson
Our series taking a look at the weakest and strongest positions on each team in the league ends today with USF. It's OK. I'm sad, too.
Strongest position: Defensive line.
There really is no debate about this choice, considering just about everybody expects the Bulls to have one of the best lines in the league. Or, if you are Phil Steele, you expect them to be one of the best in the entire nation. A lot of that hype starts with Notre Dame transfer Aaron Lynch, who is eligible this year after sitting out last season. He impressed a lot of people in his lone season with the Irish, becoming a Freshman All-American after racking up 5.5 sacks and 33 tackles. Lynch joins a group that has a lot of talent and a lot of depth. Ryne Giddins had an off year last year, but he is one of the more athletic ends in the league. He and Lynch have the capability of forming one of the best pass-rushing duos in the entire country. Not to be forgotten is end Tevin Mims, whom the coaches last season believed was the best player on the defense. Though USF loses Cory "Pork Chop" Grissom, Luke Sager returns, along with Elkino Watson and several more young, talented players.
Weakest position: Defensive back.
I also considered running back and quarterback, two areas where USF must find answers in short order, but ended up going with defensive back because this is the position in most need of immediate improvement. We do not need to rehash the problems from a year ago. All we need to really say is this group managed just two total interceptions. The potential is there for marked improvement, with new defensive backs coach Ron Cooper and a couple starters returning. But the best player in the secondary from a year ago -- cornerback Kayvon Webster -- is gone. Actually, USF has to replace both starting cornerbacks. The Bulls had little in the way of depth at either cornerback or safety a year ago, so that remains an issue.
To read the entire series, click here.