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Bulls preparing for aggressive FAMU defense

Posted Sep 13, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Sep 13, 2011 at 09:58 PM

Here is Tuesday’s practice report from correspondent Michael Manganello:

The University of South Florida offense will have a unique challenge this week in facing an aggressive Florida A&M defense.
According to offensive coordinator Todd Fitch, in their first two games, the Rattlers have blitzed on about 70 percent of their plays.

“Anytime a defense does that to you, I don’t care who you’re playing, it makes you limit your package because you’ve got to be able to put a hat on a hat and that’ll be the most critical thing in the game because if you can do that, there’s seams,” Fitch said. “Every time you call a play, as we go into this game, you have to assume something’s coming after you.”

The Ball State defense opened Saturday’s game aggressively against the Bulls, blitzing on seven of its first ten plays before transitioning to a more conservative defense because USF’s offense was handling the pressure and moving the ball down the field.

USF quarterback B.J. Daniels handled that pressure easily, going 6-for-6 through and mixing in a 6-yard scramble to move the Bulls down the field quickly before the drive stalled in the red zone.

DAVIS’ IMPACT: According to defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, fifth-year senior defensive end Claude Davis might be the most efficient player in the country.

Davis is not listed on the Bulls’ two-deep depth chart, but gets situational playing time as a 3

rd-down pass rusher. In about 20 plays this season, Davis has recorded four tackles, including three sacks. Against Ball State, he also forced and recovered a fumble.

“I’m really happy for Claude right now, really happy because he’s contributing to this football team and he’s helping us add to that production that Terrell (McClain) brought last year,” Snyder said. “Claude’s always had (the ability). He’s a freak, he’s got a tremendous first step, he’s long, he’s got all the attributes … I couldn’t imagine there’s a player in the country right now that has more production per play than Claude right now.”

INJURY REPORT: USF is relatively healthy going into the weekend with S JaQuez Jenkins (hamstring) and DT Demi Thompson (back) questionable for the Florida A&M game. USF’s only other injury concern is WR Joel Miller, who sat out the Ball State game with a concussion and did not practice Tuesday

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