Willie Taggart Preparing the USF Bulls for an Important Spring Season

The USF Bulls strongly encourage fans to come watch their spring practices as they prepare for the 2015 College Football Season

The USF Bulls strongly encourage fans to come watch their spring practices as they prepare for the 2015 College Football Season

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Nov 22, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers linebacker Charles Harris (49) attempts to tackle South Florida Bulls running back Darius Tice (31) during the game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. (Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)

(C+P) — The University of South Florida Bulls are set to prepare for their head coach Willie Taggart’s third season to start. The Bulls are opening for spring practice Monday, Feb. 23, at the Frank Morsani Football Practice Complex.

This season, just as the previous one, Taggart is allowing all of the practice sessions for the Bulls to be viewed by the public. The Bulls will also take one practice on the road to a Bay Area site. The goal is for USF to hold 14 spring practice sessions over a span of five weeks. The first week of March will be taken off for the University’s spring break before the 2015 USF spring game is held Saturday, March 28. The spring game will be going back to Corbett Stadium on the USF campus for the second season in a row.

Nov 22, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; South Florida Bulls head coach Willie Taggart during the game against the Memphis Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. (Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 22, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; South Florida Bulls head coach Willie Taggart during the game against the Memphis Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. (Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)

Taggart claims that he’s “excited” and “can’t wait to get our players and our coaching staff on the field.” He goes on to say “It’s a new year. I really like the energy and the attitude of our team heading into the spring. They have worked really hard in offseason conditioning, and I’m expecting a very competitive and productive spring.”

The Bulls will start their practice regimen Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 9 a.m., and on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. In the first three weeks, USF will practice Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. in their fourth week before the spring game is held. Fans are strongly urged to park in the Sycamore lot located on campus, which is adjacent to the Morsani Football Complex.

The Bulls are set to take practice on the road Saturday, March 21.The Bulls will be practicing at Bryant Stadium in Lakeland. The good news is, the practice session is scheduled to start 11 a.m., and is free and open to the public.

USF returns 14 starters (6 offense, 7 defense and 1 specialist) for Taggart’s third season at the helm. The Bulls will return their top five tacklers (9 the top 12 overall) and players that accounted for 73 percent of the team’s tackles in 2014. USF returns 100 percent of its rushing and passing yardage from 2014, including 1,000-yard rusher Marlon Mack, and 50 percent of its receptions and receiving yards.

The USF Football program completed its 18th season and 15th at the FBS level. The Bulls have made six bowl appearances, including every season between 2005 through 2010, and have four bowl game victories. USF has produced 14 All-America selections, 23 NFL Draft picks and reached the No. 2 ranking in The Associated Press Poll in 2007.

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