If USF wants any chance of contending for a Big East title this year, the defensive front four must generate more QB sacks and force more turnovers than they did last year, Bulls head coach Jim Leavitt said.

“To be successful, they have to,” he said after Friday’s morning practice.  “They must play well.  We have to get to the quarterback this year.”

Last year, USF ranked sixth in the conference in quarterback sacks with 23 and also ranked towards the bottom of the league in turnover margin. 

The good news is the Bulls have depth at each position.

“George (Selvie) is doing a great job of getting those guys going.  It’s very competitive on that front four,” Leavitt said.  “We got some third team guys that are really good players.”

Selvie battled injury and only recorded 5.5 sacks last year, a far cry from his school record 14.5 sacks in 2007.  Joining Selvie this year as returning starters are tackles Aaron Harris and  Terrell McClain. 

Touted freshmen Ryne Giddins is expected to be right in the mix as well.  Giddins, a DE from Armwood, is quite possibly USF’s most heralded recruit in program history.

-Phil Neary