TAMPA — The University of South Florida defense showed a few new wrinkles against Cincinnati last week and will continue to add new plays to its scheme as the Bulls tackle the conference portion of their schedule.
Among the new looks shown were DE Aaron Lynch and DT Luke Sager occasionally lining up at linebacker depth and staying in coverage there.
“We’re starting to go into a conference that spreads the field as the rule of thumb,” USF defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan said. “We’ve got to be able to play sideline-to-sideline. In order to do that, our down lineman will have to be able to do that. They showed a great presence and did a great job of getting that done against Cincinnati.”
In addition to needing those coverages for American Athletic Conference play, Bresnahan mentioned that the defensive players understand the playbook better now, allowing for more complex and unique play-calling.
“You have to be able to choose and select what you think is really good and then pare out all the stuff you don’t need,” he said.
UConn’s new QB
In addition to facing UConn interim coach T.J. Weist in his first game in charge, the Bulls will also have to contend with a new starting quarterback as freshman Tim Boyle, who will make his debut against USF.
Boyle was originally slated for a redshirt, but with the change in administration after the firing of head coach Paul Pasqualoni on Sept. 30 came a change at quarterback.
USF’s defensive players and coaches say the challenge of preparing for a quarterback they’ve never seen isn’t too much of a concern.
“You don’t worry about it,” Bresnahan said. “If we execute and do the things we can do, hopefully we’ll present anybody problems. You don’t worry about what UConn is going to do with a new coach and a new quarterback.”
DE Julius Forte said he’ll just watch the Huskies’ offensive line, like he does any other week.
“I wouldn’t say it’s tougher (to face a new quarterback), because we always read their linemen,” he said. “If we can beat the linemen and get to the quarterback, what his resume says doesn’t matter.”