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Defensive lineman Luke Sager emerging as new team leader at USF spring practice

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TAMPA, Florida -- If the Bulls are going to push past the memory of a nasty 2012 season, it will take some leadership, and one USF senior has taken it upon himself to step into that role.

"I think leadership is one of the most important qualities in a successful team," said senior defensive lineman Luke Sager.

Sager is not a yeller. He won't get in your face. He won't call you out in front of teammates, but he'll lead by example. It's exactly what new head coach Willie Taggart wants from veteran players.

"He's definitely stepping up and has caught the guy of all of our coaching staff," said Taggart. "Everything we're preaching on and off the field, he's doing those things for us and he's coming out here and demonstrating those things on the football field."

"Everything for the past four years has been building up to this, and I've had the opportunity to learn from some great guys," said Sager."

Consistency has been key for Sager, who has made big plays that stand out to coaches at every practice.

"Our guys see it, too," said Taggart. "When they turn on the film, they see a guy that is running around and hustling to the ball. I mean, he's running past linebackers to get to the ball at times.

"You know what you're going to get (with Luke). You know you're going to get a guy that works really hard. A guy that has a smile on his face who really appreciates being out here."

He'll lead the green team against the gold in next Saturday's USF spring game. Kickoff at Raymond James Stadium is set for 5 p.m.

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