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Preseason magazines praise, poke USF

The initial wave of college football preview magazines has crashed upon newsstands, spraying hype all over USF.

But the adoration is accompanied by some snark.

All three publications -- Athlon Sports, Lindy's and Street & Smith's -- have the Bulls ranked in their respective preseason top 25, and all project USF to win the American Athletic Conference. All three pick the Bulls to play in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Day.

But beneath the glossy covers lies plenty for Bulls fans to get steamed about also.

In Athlon's breakdown of the Bulls, senior QB Quinton Flowers -- a potential Heisman Trophy candidate this fall -- is referred to as "a poor man's Lamar Jackson," referring to the '16 Heisman winner from Louisville.

The reigning AAC Offensive Player of the Year (4,342 total yards, 42 TDs), Flowers is deemed a "dark horse" Heisman candidate among the nation's quarterbacks by Street & Smith's, and is listed among "others to watch" in the Heisman race by Athlon.

Lindy's doesn't list Flowers among its top 10 Heisman candidates.

Additionally, Athlon highlights this quote -- from an "opposing AAC assistant coach" -- about the Bulls: 

"They have real athletes in that program, and they can get them , but the school has to step up and look at UCF's level of commitment."

As all-conference recognition goes, the Bulls are well represented. Street & Smith's has Flowers and TE Mitchell Wilcox on its preseason All-AAC team; Athlon has five Bulls on its first team: Flowers, LB Auggie Sanchez, CB Deatrick Nichols, DT Deadrin Senat and PR D'Ernest Johnson.

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