Story by Yousaf Khan
After another successful campaign for the American Athletic Conference, AAC, several coaches were appoached from the conference for bigger programs like Texas, Oregon, and Baylor. Presumptive favorite to win the AAC is USF as they rebounded nicely with an experienced coach and excellent recruiter in Charlie Strong. Other contenders in the East division are rival UCF and returning champ Temple.
Over in the West division Navy, Tulsa, and Houston look to vie for the crown. The conference has an important September as several high profile out of conference matchups vs Notre Dame, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia can prove that the AAC is a quality conference.
USF quarterback returns for his senior campaign and is the expected to be AAC player of the year and offensive player of the year after winning it in the previous season. Last season he combined for 42 total td’s through the air and on the ground while passing for 2,812 yards and running for 1,530 yards. Houston’s DT Ed Oliver had a phenomenal freshman year and is the expected to be AAC defensive player of the year. He dominated the Louisville offensive line and had several sacks vs Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson in a matchup last year.
Besides having their sights on the conference title, many pundits are expecting USF to go undefeated and get the coveted spot for one of the New Year’s 6 bowl games. Besides Flowers, expect RB D’Ernest Johnson and WR Marquez Valdez-Scantling as the big time playmakers for the Bulls. Valdez-Scantling had a huge spring game that included 123 yards rec. and 2 td’s, including the game winner. Some other standouts include TE Mitchell Wilcox, RB Darius Tice, and WR’s Ryshene Bronson and Tyre McCants.
On the defensive side MLB Auggie Sanchez returns and is expected to led the unit. Some other standouts include CB Detrick Nichols, (who has 8 career interceptions) and DE Mike Love. Bulls fans are anticipating the best season in school history and can’t wait for the season to start.