NOTEBOOK: McCloud named to AAC Honor Roll following first career start

Jordan McCloud was named to the AAC Honor Roll on Monday. ORACLE PHOTO/LEDA ALVIM

Freshman quarterback Jordan McCloud made his first career start and recorded his first career win Saturday in USF’s 55-16 blowout of South Carolina State.

He also added his first honor from the AAC.

McCloud was named to the AAC Honor Roll on Monday after a five-touchdown performance (3 passing, 2 rushing), accounting for 273 all-purpose yards and completing 16-of-27 passes.

McCloud’s five touchdowns set a program record for most touchdowns accounted for by a first-time starter, surpassing Blake Barnett’s four against Elon in 2018, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Bulls next game time set

The Bulls will not be in action this weekend, but USF now knows exactly when it plays next.

The Sept. 28 conference opener against SMU at Raymond James Stadium will kick off at 4 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPNU, the AAC announced Monday.

SMU currently features the 11th-best offense in the country with 550 yards per game. The Mustangs play at No. 25 TCU on Saturday afternoon.

USF is 3-1 all-time against SMU, including a 35-27 win when the teams last met in 2016. The Bulls are 10-6 all-time in conference openers and 5-1 since the AAC’s formation in 2013.

Women’s soccer moves into top 10

USF women’s soccer is now a top-10 team.

The Bulls moved up five spots to No. 10 in the poll on Monday.

USF’s lone game last week, a 3-2 win against then-No. 21 Wake Forest on Sunday in Winston-Salem, featured two goals by senior striker Evelyne Viens and a career-high three saves by freshman goalkeeper Kat Haarmann. Viens also assisted on the other USF goal, which was junior midfielder Katie Kitching’s first of the season.

Additionally, Viens — whose goals Sunday were her team-leading seventh and eighth of the season — was named AAC Offensive Player of the Week for her five-point performance, the second week in a row she earned the honor.

The Bulls are on a four-game winning streak, with all four coming away from Corbett Stadium. USF has not lost since a 2-0 defeat to Florida on Aug. 25.

Four Bulls earn weekly honors

Three USF men’s soccer players took home weekly AAC awards Monday following a perfect 2-0 week.

Sophomore Javain Brown was named AAC Defensive Player of the Week, senior Harrison Devenish-Meares was named AAC Goalkeeper of the Week and striker Victor Claudel was named AAC Rookie of the Week.

Brown was a key factor on a USF backline that allowed just one goal and nine shots on target during the two-game stretch. Devenish-Meares recorded his first clean sheet of the season against No. 5 Louisville on Monday and made three saves in USF’s 3-1 win against Lipscomb on Friday, while Claudel scored his second career goal by finishing a play he began near midfield against Louisville on Monday.

Additionally, junior midfielder Emilio Ycaza was named to the AAC Honor Roll after scoring two goals in 25 seconds against Lipscomb on Friday, extending the Bulls’ lead from 1-0 to 3-0 in under a minute.

USF’s 3-1 record is its best start to a season since 2012, the Bulls’ last in the Big East.