Not only will the Bulls face one of the highest ranked teams – No. 9 Louisville – there will be numerous players who will try to wreak havoc at Raymond James Stadium tomorrow night.First, on offense, there is sophomore quarterback Brian Brohm, whose passer rating is third in the country with 198.87. That includes his five-touchdown, 368-yard performance in the 63-27 win over Oregon State.
To compliment Brohm’s passing efficiency is running back Michael Bush, who had a two-touchdown, 128-yard performance against the Cardinals’ in-state rival, Kentucky.Bush isn’t Brohm’s only help, though.
Louisville posts a deep wide receiver core with many young and talent-laden players, including six-foot-six freshman Mario Urruita, whose 175 yards on seven catches leads the team. Lining up with Urruita will be Joshua Tinch and Harry Douglas, who have 105 and 100 yards receiving, respectively.
Even after giving up 208 passing yards to UCF last Saturday, USF has the fifth-ranked passing defense and has only allowed 40 points in three games. However, with Brohm behind center, Louisville boasts the 12th-ranked passing offense in the country.
The Bulls, as always, will be relying heavily on their running game, so look for senior running back Andre Hall, whose 453 yards and six touchdowns account for most of USF’s offensive output. The Bulls will need Hall and his running game to face defensive end Elvis Dumervil and the Cardinals’ rushing defense, which is fifth in the country. Dumervil, on the other hand, has nine sacks – which leads all of college football – and 17 tackles with four forced fumbles.
Junior quarterback Pat Julmiste seems to have found his niche commanding the offense. He has three touchdown passes and a completion percentage of 60.7, to go along with his 366 passing yards.
Keep an eye on: Wide receiver Amarri Jackson. The No. 1 receiver has no touchdown catches yet but has two receptions for 15 yards. While no Bulls receiver has had a game of more than 40 receiving yards, Jackson, along with Johnny Peyton, Cedric Hill, Carlton Hill, Jesse Hester Jr., Taurus Johnson, S.J. Green and Jackie Chambers, could be poised to have a breakout game.