10 tackles for loss by USF against Florida State: What happened?

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Much has been made of USF's defensive line recording zero tackles for loss against Ball State and tallying 10 against the Seminoles. Let's go through all ten and see if there are any discernible patterns.

One crucial thing to remember here is that USF's coaching staff is terrible at getting its team motivated. I watched Rutgers-USF and USF-Ball State, and there is absolutely no comparison between the effort level displayed in those two games (pathetic) and what the Bulls' defense showed Saturday night. In the preview, we mentioned that USF has a lot of defensive talent, but that it had not played well. But they sure get up to play Florida State.

Every team will, because FSU is their biggest game of the year by far (except Florida, which has Georgia), but the difference won't be this great. USF's players in other games simply look like they don't give a damn. At all.

  1. 2-7 at Fs27 Manuel, EJ pass complete to WILDER, J. for loss of 1 yard to the FS26 (WEBSTER, Kayvon). Screen to Wilder on the boundary. USF has it played well, though Tre Jackson needs to make a better block in space.
  2. 2-G at Usf01 WILDER, J. rush for loss of 2 yards to the USF3 (JOYCE, Mark;WATSON, Elkino) Double whammy as Lonnie Pryor's cut block attempt is terrible and Wilder needs to stick this ball inside.
  3. 3-G at Usf03 Manuel, EJ rush for loss of 5 yards to the USF8 (SAGER, Luke)
  4. 1-10 at Usf29 THOMPSON, C. rush for loss of 6 yards to the USF35 (FORTE, Julius) Right tackle Menelik Watson missed a block, but the ball likely needs to be cut up inside in that instance. I think Watson was expecting to have help inside, but with the tackle pulling, this play called for a downblock on his part.
  5. 3-2 at Fs26 Manuel, EJ rush for loss of 1 yard to the FS25 (JENKINS, JaQuez) Option. Lonnie Pryor's angle is too wide and he does not handle the first man, which is his job. Manuel is not expecting to option off that man.
  6. 2-10 at Fs27 PRYOR, L. rush for loss of 1 yard to the FS26 (SAGER, Luke) Stretch to the boundary and right tackle Menelik Watson does not step flat and allows inside penetration which screws up the cutback lane.
  7. Fs 1-10 at Fs36 Manuel, EJ sacked for loss of 10 yards to the FS26 (GRISSOM, Cory). I thought this was on the back/the line, but Fisher said otherwise. Ball needs to be thrown to the hot man here. The protection call dictates that Manuel is responsible for the outside blitzer on this play and this is a lack of attention to detail/focus error on his part. Not on the offensive line.
  8. 3-15 at Fs31 Manuel, EJ sacked for loss of 10 yards to the FS21 (WATSON, Elkino). Cam Erving reaches after his initial set and does not continue to move his feet, allowing pressure off the edge.
  9. 2-4 at Fs17 THOMPSON, C. rush for loss of 8 yards to the FS9 (WEBSTER, Kayvon). USF runs a corner blitz. The QB needs to check this to the other side once he sees the corner cheating in his alignment.
  10. 1-10 at Fs35 THOMPSON, C. rush for loss of 3 yards to the FS32 (GRISSOM, Cory). Stork does not get a great step and USF's nose guard has a fantastic rush here. Sometimes you have to credit the opponent. Grissom is a talented player.

Pattern? Not really.

That's two (or three) mistakes by the typically reliable Lonnie Pryor, one or two mental errors by backs, two mental errors by the quarterback, three by the offensive line (can argue four, though no more than two by any one player) and two nice plays by USF.

We'll have the full film review up tomorrow, but I wanted to draw out this one specific set of plays for discussion Tuesday.

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