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American Football Database
2017 South Florida Bulls football
Birmingham Bowl champion
Birmingham Bowl, W 38–34 vs. Texas Tech
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionEast Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 21
APNo. 21
2017 record10–2 (6–2 The American)
Head coachCharlie Strong (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorSterlin Gilbert (1st season)
Offensive schemeVeer and Shoot
Defensive coordinatorBrian Jean-Mary (1st season)
Base defense3–3–5
Home stadiumRaymond James Stadium (Capacity: 65,890, grass)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →

Template:2017 American Athletic Conference football standings The 2017 South Florida Bulls football team represented the University of South Florida (USF) in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and were led by first-year head coach Charlie Strong. The Bulls competed as members of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 10–2, 6–2 in AAC play to finish in second place in the East Division. They were invited to the Birmingham Bowl where they defeated Texas Tech.

Previous season

In 2016, the Bulls had their most successful season in school history, finishing 11–2, 7–1 in American Athletic Conference play. They finished as co-champions of the East Division, but lost out on participating in the Conference Championship Game on a tie-breaker to Temple. They received an invitation to the Birmingham Bowl.[1]

Before playing in the Birmingham Bowl, head coach Willie Taggart was hired by Oregon.[2] Interim head coach T. J. Weist led the Bulls to victory in the bowl game, beating South Carolina 46–39 in overtime.

Offseason

Coaching changes

The coaching vacancy left by Willie Taggart was filled when USF hired Charlie Strong as head coach on December 11, 2016.[3] Strong had been the head coach at the University of Texas before being fired after three seasons.

Sterlin Gilbert was named the new offensive coordinator on January 5, 2017.[4] Gilbert had been Charlie Strong's offensive coordinator at Texas in 2016. USF hired Brian Jean-Mary as the new defensive coordinator on January 8, 2017.[5] Jean-Mary has been on Charlie Strong's coaching staff since Strong started coaching at Louisville in 2010. He was Texas's linebackers coach in 2016.

Disciplinary issues

In late March 2017, senior USF defensive back Hassan Childs was dismissed from the team after being involved in a road rage incident in which he was shot three times. He was charged with aggravated assault and marijuana possession after the incident.[6]

In early May, another USF player was arrested, this time defensive end LaDarrius Jackson, who was charged with assaulting a female in student housing.[7] Judge Margaret Taylor, of Hillsborough County, criticized head coach Charlie Strong's lack of control over his players, saying that she was "ashamed of being an alum." Coach Strong had only been employed at the school for five months at the time of Jackson's arrest and had not recruited either of the players in question. A video of Judge Taylor's comments went viral, and she later recused herself from the case.[8]

Preseason

In the preseason AAC media poll, the Bulls were picked to finish first in the East Division of the AAC, receiving all 30 first-place votes.[9] They also received 26 of 30 votes as the favorite to win the AAC championship.[9]

Schedule

South Florida announced their 2017 football schedule on February 9, 2017.[10]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 267:30 p.m.at San Jose State*No. 19
CBSSNW 42–2213,377
September 24:00 p.m.Stony Brook*No. 19ESPN3W 31–1726,460
September 157:00 p.m.Illinois*No. 22
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa, FL
ESPNW 47–2335,404
September 217:30 p.m.TempleNo. 21
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa, FL
ESPNW 43–724,325
September 3012:00 p.m.at East CarolinaNo. 18CBSSNW 61–3134,883
October 14 [a]7:30 p.m.CincinnatidaggerNo. 18
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa, FL
ESPNUW 33–343,708
October 217:00 p.m.at TulaneNo. 16
ESPN2W 34–2817,256
October 28 [b]3:45 p.m.HoustonNo. 17
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa, FL
ESPNUL 24–2832,316
November 4 [c]3:30 p.m.at UConn
ESPNUW 37–2018,430
November 168:00 p.m.TulsaNo. 23
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa, FL
ESPNW 27–2026,195
November 243:30 p.m.at No. 13 UCFNo. 22
ABCL 42–4947,129 
December 2312:00 p.m.vs. Texas Tech*No. 23
ESPNW 38–3428,623
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
^[a] The game between UMass and USF was cancelled. The game between Cincinnati and USF was moved from October 28th to October 14th.
^[b] The game between Houston and USF was moved from November 4th to October 28th.
^[c] The game between UConn and USF that was cancelled on September 9th was rescheduled for November 4th.

Game summaries

at San Jose State

1 2 3 4 OT
No. 19 Bulls 0 28 7 7 42
Spartans 16 0 0 6 22



Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


Stony Brook

1 2 3 4 OT
Seawolves 7 3 0 7 17
No. 19 Bulls 7 0 10 14 31



Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2010 W, 59–14


Illinois

1 2 3 4 OT
Fighting Illini 2 7 0 14 23
No. 22 Bulls 9 14 14 10 47



Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


Temple

1 2 3 4 OT
Owls 0 7 0 0 7
No. 21 Bulls 3 17 13 10 43



Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2016 L, 30–46


at East Carolina

1 2 3 4 OT
No. 18 Bulls 21 10 17 13 61
Pirates 10 14 7 0 31



Overall record Last meeting Result
6–1 2016 W, 38–22


Cincinnati

1 2 3 4 OT
Bearcats 3 0 0 0 3
No. 18 Bulls 3 20 7 3 33



Overall record Last meeting Result
6–8 2016 W, 45–20


at Tulane

1 2 3 4 OT
No. 16 Bulls 7 13 14 0 34
Green Wave 0 7 7 14 28



Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


Houston

1 2 3 4 OT
Cougars 0 0 14 14 28
No. 17 Bulls 0 7 7 10 24



Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2014 L, 3–27


at UConn

1 2 3 4 OT
Bulls 7 10 17 3 37
Huskies 0 7 0 13 20



Overall record Last meeting Result
9–5 2016 W, 42–27


Tulsa

1 2 3 4 OT
Golden Hurricane 7 10 0 3 20
No. 23 Bulls 21 3 3 0 27



Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2014 W, 38–30


at UCF

1 2 3 4 OT
No. 22 Bulls 7 13 14 8 42
No. 13 Knights 21 0 7 21 49



Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2 2016 W, 48–31


vs. Texas Tech–Birmingham Bowl

1 2 3 4 OT
Red Raiders 10 0 14 10 34
No. 23 Bulls 3 7 7 21 38



Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


Rankings

Template:Further information

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 19 21 22 21 18 18 18 16–T 17 RV 22 23 22 23 23 21 
Coaches 21 20 21 17 17 16 15 13 14 23 21 20 19 23 24 21 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released


Roster

2017 South Florida Bulls football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Barr, ChrisChris Barr Jr
RB 2 Johnson, D'ErnestD'Ernest Johnson Sr
WR 3 Salomon, DarnellDarnell Salomon So
RB 6 Tice, DariusDarius Tice 10px Sr
QB 7 Kean, BrettBrett Kean So
WR 8 McCants, TyreTyre McCants 10px Jr
QB 9 Flowers, QuintonQuinton Flowers Sr
QB 10 Oladokun, ChrisChris Oladokun 10px Fr
WR 11 Valdes-Scantling, MarquezMarquez Valdes-Scantling 10px Sr
WR 12 Alaka, TemiTemi Alaka 10px Sr
WR 14 Antonie, DeangeloDeangelo Antonie 10px So
QB 16 Dean, MikeMike Dean Fr
QB 17 Trina, KyleKyle Trina Fr
WR 18 Dukes, DeVontresDeVontres Dukes 10px Fr
RB 22 Bell Jr., DuranDuran Bell Jr. Fr
RB 27 McBride, LaDarionLaDarion McBride Sr
RB 31 Mack, ElijahElijah Mack 10px Fr
RB 32 Cronkrite, JordanJordan Cronkrite Jr
RB 36 Sutton, DavionDavion Sutton Jr
TE 40 Hintze, DerekDerek Hintze 10px Fr
FB 40 Sheehan, RileyRiley Sheehan So
TE 48 Adkinson, SpencerSpencer Adkinson Sr
TE 49 Miles, K. J.K. J. Miles 10px Sr
OL 50 Gainer, ChristionChristion Gainer 10px Fr
OL 52 Wiggs, MichaelMichael Wiggs 10px Fr
OL 55 Mayes, EricEric Mayes Jr
OL 61 Maxfield, JacobJacob Maxfield Fr
OL 64 Harris, DemetrisDemetris Harris Fr
OL 66 Nelson, MattMatt Nelson 10px Fr
OL 67 Roberson, HalHal Roberson 10px Fr
OL 68 Galati, MichaelMichael Galati 10px Jr
OL 69 Listoe, ErikErik Listoe 10px So
OL 70 Bethel, GlenGlen Bethel Sr
OL 71 Stafford, JeremiahJeremiah Stafford Fr
OL 72 Larkin, BrooksBrooks Larkin 10px So
OL 73 Hall, JeremiJeremi Hall 10px Sr
OL 74 Ruff, CameronCameron Ruff 10px Sr
OL 75 Marcellus, JeanJean Marcellus Fr
OT 77 Norman, MarcusMarcus Norman 10px So
OG 78 Atterbury, WilliamWilliam Atterbury So
OL 79 Polk, GrantGrant Polk 10px So
TE 80 Hintze, RyanRyan Hintze Sr
WR 80 Steinke, TrevorTrevor Steinke Sr
WR 81 Bronson, RyesheneRyeshene Bronson Sr
WR 83 Phillips, JernardJernard Phillips Fr
WR 84 St. Felix, RandallRandall St. Felix Fr
TE 85 Dillon, ElkanahElkanah Dillon 10px Jr
WR 86 Clerveaux, StanleyStanley Clerveaux 10px Jr
TE 87 Lloyd Jr., FrederickFrederick Lloyd Jr. Fr
WR 88 Dingle, KevaughnKevaughn Dingle Fr
TE 89 Wilcox, MitchellMitchell Wilcox 10px So
TE 97 Munera, NicholasNicholas Munera Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 3 Nichols, DeatrickDeatrick Nichols Sr
DE 4 Bates, JimmyJimmy Bates 10px Jr
DT 10 Senat, DeadrinDeadrin Senat 10px Sr
LB 12 Polk Jr., AndreAndre Polk Jr. 10px Fr
CB 13 Fullwood, TajeeTajee Fullwood Sr
DB 14 Hampton, MikeMike Hampton 10px Fr
DE 15 Jackson, VincentVincent Jackson 10px Jr
S 18 Thomas, JaymonJaymon Thomas Jr
CB 19 Hoggins, RonnieRonnie Hoggins Jr
S 20 Abraham, DevinDevin Abraham Sr
S 21 McGee, KhalidKhalid McGee 10px Jr
DB 22 LaPointe, MekhiMekhi LaPointe Fr
CB 23 Wilkins, MazziMazzi Wilkins 10px Jr
DB 24 Roberts, NickNick Roberts Fr
DB 25 Sanders, BentleeBentlee Sanders Fr
S 26 Watts, CraigCraig Watts 10px Fr
DB 27 Culpepper, NaytronNaytron Culpepper Fr
DB 28 Thomas, DonelleDonelle Thomas Fr
LB 29 Jones-Stewart, DevonDevon Jones-Stewart Sr
DB 30 Farrar, JefferyJeffery Farrar 10px Jr
LB 33 Small, DavidDavid Small Fr
LB 34 Johnson, KeirstonKeirston Johnson Fr
DE 35 Stephens, JabreelJabreel Stephens Fr
CB 37 Ferguson, NateNate Ferguson Jr
CB 38 Cuccia, NickNick Cuccia So
DB 39 Shaw, TrentTrent Shaw So
LB 41 Reaves, GregGreg Reaves 10px So
LB 43 Sanchez, AuggieAuggie Sanchez 10px Sr
DT 44 Cadet, GarryGarry Cadet Jr
DE 45 Grant, DarrienDarrien Grant Fr
LB 51 Stanley, Mi'CarioMi'Cario Stanley 10px Fr
LB 53 Thomas, DannyDanny Thomas Jr
LB 54 Sawtelle, NicoNico Sawtelle So
LB 55 Black, JoshJosh Black 10px Jr
DE 56 Brown, JuwuanJuwuan Brown 10px Jr
LB 57 Franco, A. J.A. J. Franco Fr
LB 58 Beko, AnthonyAnthony Beko Jr
LB 59 Mims, AndrewAndrew Mims Fr
DT 60 Hector, BruceBruce Hector 10px Sr
DT 90 Kegler, KevinKevin Kegler Fr
DE 91 Johnson, FrankFrank Johnson Jr
DE 92 Price, MarquiesMarquies Price Jr
DT 93 Boyce, BrandonBrandon Boyce Jr
DE 94 Livingstone, KirkKirk Livingstone 10px So
DT 95 Gonzalez, MarlonMarlon Gonzalez So
DT 96 Pinkney Jr., KevlinKevlin Pinkney Jr. Fr
DE 98 Love, MikeMike Love 10px Sr
DE 99 Bronson, KevinKevin Bronson 10px Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 35 Nadelman, EmilioEmilio Nadelman 10px Sr
K 38 Salani, MarcoMarco Salani Fr
K 42 Vivonetto, JakeJake Vivonetto Sr
P 44 Hernandez, JonathanJonathan Hernandez 10px Sr
LS 46 Deitz, ZachZach Deitz So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Sterlin Gilbert (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach)
  • Brian Jean-Mary (Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach)
  • Blue Adams (Defensive Backs)
  • Justin Burke (Tight Ends / Special Teams Coordinator)
  • Damon Cogdell (Defensive Ends)
  • Sean Cronin (Defensive Tackles)
  • Shaun King (Running Backs)
  • Matt Mattox (Offensive Line / Run Game Coordinator)
  • Charlie Williams (Wide Receivers)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: October 10, 2017

[11]

Players in the 2018 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Deadrin Senat DT 3 90 Atlanta Falcons
Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR 5 174 Green Bay Packers


References

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  2. "Oregon hires USF's Taggart to be next coach". ESPN.com. http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/18225743/oregon-ducks-hire-usf-bulls-willie-taggart-next-coach.
  3. John Del Bianco (December 11, 2016). "South Florida hires Charlie Strong". CBSSports.com. http://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/south-florida-hires-charlie-strong/.
  4. Allison Leslie (January 5, 2017). "South Florida Hires Sterlin Gilbert As Offensive Coordinator". Sports Talk Florida. https://www.sportstalkflorida.com/college/usf-bulls/south-florida-hire-sterlin-gilbert-offensive-coordinator/.
  5. Jeff Odom (January 8, 2017). "USF hires Brian Jean-Mary as defensive coordinator". Tampa Bay Times. http://www.tampabay.com/sports/colleges/usf-hires-brian-jean-mary-as-defensive-coordinator/2308871.
  6. Nick Simon (March 28, 2017). "Hassan Childs dismissed from USF football". The Daily Stampede. Vox Media. http://www.thedailystampede.com/2017/3/28/15090718/hassan-childs-dismissed-from-usf-football-charlie-strong-tampa-police-department-road-rage-arrest.
  7. Joey Knight (May 2, 2017). "USF football player LaDarrius Jackson arrested on sexual battery charge". Tampa Bay Times. http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/usf-football-player-ladarrius-jackson-arrested-on-sexual-battery-charge/2322367.
  8. Mark Schlabach (May 4, 2017). "Judge Margaret Taylor recuses herself from LaDarrius Jackson case over critical comment toward South Florida Bulls coach Charlie Strong". ESPN.com. http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/19309775/judge-margaret-taylor-recuses-ladarrius-jackson-case-critical-comments-south-florida-bulls-coach-charlie-strong.
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  11. Football - Staff. GoUSFBulls.com. University of South Florida Athletics. Retrieved May 4, 2017.