Mack is back on track after eye poke

Junior runnig back Marlon Mack took a finger to his left eye near the tail end of Saturday’s game against the Seminoles. ORACLE PHOTO/JACOB HOAG

During the third quarter of USF’s 55-35 loss to No. 13 Florida State, Bulls’ junior running back Marlon Mack came off the field with his head in hands.

Missing the Bulls’ victory over Northern Illinois earlier this season with a concussion, Mack took a finger to his left eye near the tail end of Saturday’s game against the Seminoles.

Although the injury wasn’t considered serious, Mack has already made strides in preventing such an injury from happening again, electing to wear a sun visor on his helmet going forward.

“It was pretty red on the sideline,” Mack said.

“I’m back to normal now. I was back to normal the next day. I was ready to go…but, I’m definitely going to put one on.”  

Welcome Young Miss Flowers

After missing Tuesday’s practice for the birth of his first child, starting quarterback Quinton Flowers was back on the practice field Wednesday with his teammates.

For USF co-offensive coordinator T.J. Weist, Flowers becoming a father may be what his young quarterback needs to get into a more efficient in-game

“The biggest thing with him is he just has to learn to get into the groove of the game,” Weist said.

“Get into playing his game…I think he got off schedule in the last game; I think he tried a little bit too hard the last game. You try too hard to make plays at times, and you really get off schedule from a quarterback standpoint. I think it what he has to do. I think it’s what he has to do. Hopefully having a baby will really settle him down…make him rethink some things and give him some priority…and I think he’ll play great.”

Back to Basics

Giving up almost as many points Saturday (55) than in its previous three games combined (57), USF’s defense has an opportunity to bounce back against AAC foe Cincinnati (3-1).

In 2015, the Bulls forced six turnovers against the Bearcats, with one of USF’s four interceptions returned for a touchdown by junior cornerback Deatrick Nichols.

Nichols, who has one of the Bulls’ four interceptions this season, said that separating themselves from their early-season hype will get the Bulls back to playing solid, fundamental football.

“We probably just went for the hype, and didn’t play basic football,” Nichols said.

“We just didn’t go out there and play our game…It’s ok to take that (loss), and we know we can be beat, so we know we have to play as best as possible every game and every week.”