Tampa, FL-- The USF Bulls opened fall football practice Monday morning, with Head Coach Willie Taggart beginning his second season. He's walking a fine line wanting to forget the 2-10 disaster of 2013, but also wanting his players to remember how awful losing felt.
The most high-profile competition is at quarterback. Junior transfer (Penn State) Steven Bench and sophomore Mike White are battling for the starting job. They were both on the team last season, and despite the losing last year, have made big strides in learning the position.
"These guys come over and ask you questions now," Taggart said. "Last year, they were just sitting there. ... Now they're so much more comfortable, they come over and ask questions. Mike White said today, 'Coach you know what's fun now? I can come over and ask you a question, and get it back.' That's great, that's how it should be."
Taggart addressed the players before the first workout, and had a few special words for his quarterbacks, who are playing the position that he played in high school and college.
"He said have fun and make the decision easy for him," Bench said. "The one who plays the best, is going to play. That's the bottom line."
Some players, like senior WR Andre Davis, worked out at a different time due to class obligations.
This is the final week of summer classes at USF.