Charlie Strong’s Happy With USF’s “Overall Attitude” At Today’s Practice

USF Bulls Impressed New Head Coach In First Spring Practice Of The Year

Spring football is officially back as the USF Bulls held their first spring practice this morning under new head coach Charlie Strong and his coaching staff.

“It was good to get started today and more than anything it was a chance for us (with the new coaching staff) to just get around our players and I just love their overall attitude, just how hard they worked today,” said Strong after practice.

Strong had the chance to work with some of the team during winter conditioning, but today the team got to really work for him. Today’s practice was centered on the fundamentals though.

“I said to them (the team) it’s about assignment, it’s about alignment, it’s about technique, it’s about just fundamentals and I just need you guys to move around and make sure we stay up,” said Strong. “I was very anxious (to get today going), because I never really had the chance to see them,” said Strong.

Throughout spring practices Strong said he hopes to see improvement in each position and to be able to walk out at the end of spring knowing who the key guys are.

Quinton Flowers Enjoying The Changes Being Made On The Offensive Side Of The Ball

This morning’s practice wasn’t just about Strong getting to see his team work, but it was about the players getting to run new schemes. For senior quarterback Quinton Flowers it was a very exciting day.

“I’m very excited. Like a lot of people say Coach Strong is a good coach,” said Flowers. “Got some good work in today, a lot of guys came out ready to play. We learned some new things.”

One of the biggest questions circulating since Strong’s hire was what would happen to the Gulf Coast Offense.

“It’s very different, everything moves very fast and you only get a signal one time,” Flowers said about how different the offense is than what he is used to running in the past.

Remember last year USF set nearly 40 program and individual records, including team records for total yards (6,650), rushing yards (3,714), touchdowns (77) and scoring (569). All while Flowers was named the American Conference Offensive Player of the Year. With that said Flowers noted that this new offense the Bulls will be showing off in 2017 just might be a tad bit faster and more explosive than last year’s Gulf Coast Offense.

Head coach Charlie Strong addresses the team after the first spring practice.

“The first thing he (Coach Strong) said when he came in was it was a good season, but it wasn’t enough. We’ve got to win championships, not just bowl games so the expectations real high,” said Flowers. “I like it, I like a coach that coaches me, that wants to win (and) is a competitive coach.”

Along with a new head coach Flowers will also be playing under a new offensive coordinator, Sterlin Gilbert, and he said there were things he is very excited about in Gilbert’s offense.

“I see I can do a lot of things in his offense, a lot of passing, not as much running,” said Flowers. “I prefer to throw, but at the end of the day it’s whatever helps my team.”

The Defense Is Seeing Changes On The Field As Well

 Senior cornerback Deatrick Nichols had positive things to say about the new coaching staff as well. Nichols has been working with new defensive backs coach, Blue Adams and says he does a great job pushing the players to their full extent.
“He’s a great guy and he just keeps pushing and pushing, that’s the kind of guy he is,” said Nichols.
Alongside Adams, the defense is also adjusting to a new defensive coordinator in Brian Jean-Mary.
“I like crazy coaches. He’s kind of crazy,” said Nichols.
2017 is looking like a whole new year for the record-breaking Bulls and the players are so far liking it. Goodbye Gulf Coast Offense and the Bull Shark Defense, new names are on the way for this explosive team.
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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.