Head coach Charlie Strong started fall camp the earliest in program history for USF yesterday with defense being the main focus.
“Defensively we know that’s got to be our biggest improvement,” Strong said after practice. “We have to improve on defense, and we have to get better.”
Last year while the Gulf Coast Offense was shining, the defense ranked 10th in scoring defense and dead last in total defense and pass defense in the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls’ defense allowed almost 200 yards a game last year as well.
“I think we’ve got a lot to prove as a defense,” said senior linebacker Auggie Sanchez to USF Athletics after practice. “Last year we were kind of the weak link of the team.”
Entering camp yesterday it appeared the whole roster was healthy. During the spring Sanchez, Kirk Livingstone and Vincent Jackson sat out due to injuries but were suited up and going through drills yesterday.
“I think this year we’ve got some expectations,” said Sanchez. “We’ve got some guys that are ticked off at it, and they want to improve on what we did last year, and they want to improve just as a team and as a defense.”
“You have to go about your business every week. You have to become about it each and every day,” Strong said to USF Athletics after practice. “That’s what I always tell them, just win today and don’t worry about what everybody (is saying). There’s going to be a lot of noise in the system, but we just have to handle our business.”