TAMPA, Florida -- The USF players say things just feel different this spring with the program than they did last year, and a lot of that has to do with their new head coach Willie Taggart.
The Bulls say that he brought in a new catch phrase and they've really responded. It's "Do Something," and they all wanted to do something in the spring game because they know their new coach is holding them to higher standards.
"I told our guys before this game, this game is a big part of their evaluation from this spring," said Taggart. "We had a lot of quizzes throughout spring and this was the final exam."
"Everything is more of a competition this year. Everybody wants to get better," said Andre Davis, who opened the scoring with an 85-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the game for the White team. "Everything we do is competitive. There's no laying back. No sitting back. No waiting on anything. Like, everything we do, we are going to compete at a high level. Coach holds us to high standards so we have got to meet those standards."
Davis led White with three catches for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Floyd passed for 208 yards, but fumbled four times. Bobby Eveld passed for just 143 yards on 14-24 passing in the spring game. He threw an interception in the second half to Reshard Cliett.
With the 14-11 win, the White team gets to enjoy steak, while the Green team gets stuck with hot dogs at an upcoming football function. Taggart joked after the game that, no matter who won, he was getting steak. The players hope they can continue to improve this off-season so that, come fall, they'll be able to feast on the competition.