Sunday, March 2, 2014

USF football team looking bigger and tougher

USF spring football is underway and the first thing you notice about the 2014 Bulls is size.

The offensive line is bigger and stronger looking more suited to carry out Willie Taggart's style of

The average weight of he returning starters on the offensive line is 310 compared to 297 last season. Much of that is due to their hard work and a conditioning program set up by strength coach Hans Straub.

“We’re putting in a lot more time after our workouts.  I know me and about five guys are doing an hour after every workout every day,” said senior center Austin Reiter of Lakewood Ranch who gained 13 pounds in offseason conditioning to get up to 286.

The new size comes with a new attitude says USF head coach Willie Taggart, the former Manatee High quarterback great and All-American at Western Kentucky.

“It’s been a different attitude with our guys and watching them,” Taggart said. “Out of 79 guys we had go through workouts and our winter conditioning we had 66 make every last one of them. It’s huge, big-time, and it says a lot about our football team.”

“We need people movers out there, big strong guys to move people out of the way so we can run the football and we can protect."

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