Skip Holtz looks to take the Bulls to the next level after the departed Jim Leavitt laid the groundwork by stockpiling considerable talent in Tampa.
The Bulls have a number of questions, especially at running back, but boast one of the Big East’s best players in the Big East.
Quarterback B.J. Daniels is a dual-threat athlete with the ability to keep plays alive with his legs. Holtz and his staff are likely to encourage him to stay in the pocket in an effort to prevent him from taking hits.
South Florida needs Daniels to stay healthy, and that means less designed quarterback runs. But if the offense sputters, he will be turned loose.
Elsewhere on offense, Moise Plancher is expected to be the Bulls’ featured back and Dontavia Bogan leads a solid group of wide receivers.
The defensive side of the ball has plenty of raw talent, but still must replace five starters from last year’s squad, including Jason Pierre-Paul and Nate Allen.
South Florida’s schedule is brutal, featuring trips to West Virginia and Cincinnati in back-to-back weeks and non-conference games against Florida and Miami.
An upset or two could propel the Bulls into a very respectable bowl game in Holtz’s debut season.