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USF HC Willie Taggart said the team's offense will transition into taking a more pro-style approach.

USF five starting linemen will average 310 pounds this season, which is 13 more than the same unit checked in at last year. "We’re going pro-style, like you see with the 49ers and Stanford," Taggart told SI's Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel. As the duo points out, Taggart played under Jack Harbaugh at Western Kentucky and coached under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. USF went 2-10 last year with a "spread" approach.
Aug 19 - 11:10 AM

South Florida sophomore QB Mike White edged out Penn State transfer Steven Bench to win the starting quarterback gig, ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports.

It's a slight surprise, as White went 0-5 in the final five games for the Bulls, throwing only three touchdowns and nine interceptions. To be fair, he was a true freshman being thrown into the fire by head coach Willie Taggart. Bench was 21-of-50 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions in two starts last year.
Aug 17 - 10:18 PM

South Florida redshirt senior TE Michael McFarland "is a bit of a sleeper," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"McFarland is a big (6-feet, 5-inches/250lbs) tight end with better than average speed but poor production (28 career receptions in three seasons)," Pauline wrote. "He has an upside and is a bit of a sleeper but must pull it together as a senior." The expert grades McFarland as a preseason UDFA prospect.
Aug 9 - 5:16 PM

South Florida senior WR Andre Davis is a potential No. 5 receiver in the NFL, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Davis had a USF season record with 735 receiving yards on a team-leading 49 receptions last year. "Davis is an adequately sized receiver with reliable hands but limited deep speed," Pauline wrote. "He’s a potential late round choice and number five receiver at the next level." Davis, who earned the Offensive MVP Award at the school's annual post-season banquet, garnered a Rd. 7 or UDFA grade from Pauline.
Aug 9 - 4:07 PM

USF strength coach Hans Straub has resigned following his tweet criticizing the 49ers for selecting edge player Aaron Lynch.

The tweet read: "Thought an organization with 5 Super Bowl titles would have a stricter draft criteria. Clearly, integrity & character are not a priority." Lynch's time at USF was not completely positive, and Straub likely had firsthand exposures to it. However, recruiting can be impacted when a former top transfer is publicly criticized by a member of the school's staff.
May 14 - 10:27 AM

USF strength coach Hans Straub has been suspended following a tweet that criticized the 49ers for selecting edge player Aaron Lynch in the fifth-round.

The tweet read: "Thought an organization with 5 Super Bowl titles would have a stricter draft criteria. Clearly, integrity & character are not a priority." It has since been deleted. Lynch transferred to USF following a great freshman year at Notre Dame, but failed to produce the same success in Florida. He lost a good amount of weight and looked like a totally different player.
Source: Bulls 247
May 13 - 11:15 AM

USF edge rusher Aaron Lynch, San Francisco's No. 150 overall pick, will only see the field next season as a defensive end in nickel packages, according to CSNBayArea's Matt Maiocco.

The 49ers believe the fifth-rounder's future is at OLB as a stand-up rusher. Already raw, San Francisco knows it's going to take a few years for the acclimation to complete. Lynch will spend those years as a situational pass rusher, a role he's ready for right now. As a true freshman starter at Notre Dame, Lynch (6-foot-5, 249) looked like a future top-ten pick as a terror off the edge. His time at South Florida didn't go as planned, and Lynch's draft stock plummeted as a result. He's still only 21, and has a world of talent.
May 11 - 5:49 PM

49ers selected USF edge rusher/DL Aaron Lynch with the No. 150 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Lynch (6-foot-5, 249) had the look of a future top-ten pick as a true freshman starter at Notre Dame, but transferred to USF to be closer to his family and had a disappointing 2013 season before declaring for the draft. He wound up playing just two years of college ball, recording 19.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Lynch ran 4.69 at the Bulls' Pro Day, adding a 9-foot-9 broad jump and 18 bench-press reps. Still only 21, the 49ers need to decide if they want Lynch to gain weight and play inside like at Notre Dame, or get him more comfortable in a stand up role on the edge.
May 10 - 2:57 PM

USF edge player Aaron Lynch expects to play OLB in the NFL.

"...I can put weight on so I let teams know that I could go up to 270 (pounds)," Lynch said following the school's pro day. "It all depends on how my weight stays. If I stay 250, 260 then I'll probably be at outside linebacker. But I'll play wherever." Lynch was a future stay while playing end in a three man front during his freshman year at Notre Dame, but lost a ton of weight once transferring at USF. He has plenty of talent, but fit could be a critical piece in Lynch's projection.
Mar 11 - 10:18 AM

USF edge player Aaron Lynch ran two forty times of 4.66 and 4.68 seconds at the school's Pro Day.

Lynch also posted a 29-inch vertical jump, which is not good. The Notre Dame transfer has been dealing with hamstring issues, which kept him out of the Combine, and they reportedly flared up again during the workout. Lynch has all the talent in the world, and looked to be a rising star as an end in an odd front while at Notre Dame. His game and frame drastically changed at USF, however, so many teams will have more questions than answers.
Mar 10 - 11:14 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline is being told that there are "major red-flags... coming out of the combine" on USF DE Aaron Lynch.

Pauline hasn't yet specified if the concerns are medical or character related, but this is disheartening news nonetheless. Lynch declared for the draft after his redshirt sophomore season with the Bulls. He missed the 2012 season after transferring from Notre Dame to South Florida and admitted in September to having an ego while playing for the Irish. This is a first-round physical talent who is likely to be available on the draft's third day. He could take off in the right scheme or wash out quickly.
Mar 8 - 1:17 PM

South Florida hired Paul Wulff as offensive coordinator.

Wulff was the coach of Washington State before Mike Leach. Following a dominant run with Eastern Washington at the FCS level, Wulff went just 9-40 over four years in Pullman. "Paul has great experience at the Division I level in a leadership role and was a standout offensive lineman with a proven ability to develop strong offensive lines," Bulls head coach Willie Taggart said. "His experience working closely with Jim (Harbaugh) gives him a good understanding of our philosophy. He'll bring some different ideas and will be a great teacher."
Jan 10 - 9:45 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline has pegged USF redshirt sophomore DE Aaron Lynch as a fourth-round pick.

Lynch looks like a very different player compared to his 2011 tape at Notre Dame. With the Irish he frequently lined up as a three or five technique and consistently played at a high level. Lynch did not look as comfortable in space on the edge, but the talent did not just disappear. Landing spot might be a critical piece to his future.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 10:13:00 AM

Former Notre Dame and USF redshirt sophomore DE Aaron Lynch has signed with an agent and will declare for the draft, according to Neil Stratton.

The school has confirmed the report. Lynch was a powerhouse pass rusher who combined strength, length, and athleticism in his one season with the Irish. After sitting out a season due to transfer rules, Lynch looked like a fairly different player for the Bulls both physically and stylistically. Still, he is a very intriguing prospect and still has a chance to be in the top-40.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 09:50:00 AM

South Florida LB DeDe Lattimore accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Lattimore is no lock to get drafted, but he'll get an opportunity to show his stuff in this prime postseason showcase. He simply isn't big enough to project neatly onto an NFL roster, and his other measurables don't jump off the page.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 05:00:00 PM

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