As spring practice for the South Florida Bulls draws even closer, we continue along with our look at each individual unit for Willie Taggart's bunch. While USF did take several steps forward through the air with Quinton Flowers last season, the bread and butter for the Gulf Coast offense came through their high octane ground attack.
By design, the Bulls offense boasted a top ten rushing attack in 2015 as they throttled opposing AAC defenses through an efficient philosophy of up-tempo pace and gaining at least five yards per rush. USF ran the ball 65.24% of the time while averaging 245 yards per game, ranking ninth in the nation in both categories. Out of these stats, their 5.4 yards yards per carry gave the most accurate indication of their ability to shred past defenses and move the ball down the field at a booming pace, especially within the final four contests.
To give you an idea of their improvement on the offensive side of the football, the Bulls improved dramatically S&P+ wise on the ground, going from 125th in Rushing S&P+ in 2014 to 19th in 2015 with plenty of room for improvement this upcoming season.
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The combined efforts of Marlon Mack, Darius Tice, and D'Ernest Johnson (along with the rushing ability of Quinton Flowers) helped contribute to a program record 3,205 rushing yards this past season. That same core returns in 2016 to cause even more destruction.
RB Coach: Donte Pimpleton
- Marlon Mack (Junior/Sarasota, FL)
- D'Ernest Johnson (Junior/Immokalee, FL)
- Darius Tice (Senior/Miami, FL)
- Zaybreion Gunter (Junior/Baldwin, FL)
- Tyler Pippens (Redshirt Freshman/Riverdale, GA)
- Trevon Sands (Freshman/Miami, FL)