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2006 South Florida Bulls Football Preview

Welcome to Maddux's 2006 South Florida Bulls season preview. As usual we have taken the time to break down the team, while providing information about the university, and the 2006 South Florida Bulls Football Schedule. If you are wagering on college football this season consider using Maddux Sports' College football picks for the added edge over the sportsbooks in 2006. In addition be sure to bookmark our free college football odds line service for the upcoming season.

Coach: Jim Leavitt (10th year at South Florida)
Team Name: Bulls
2005 Overall Record: 6-6
2005 Big East Conference Record 4-3
Returning Starters: 13

Last season, the bulls possessed a good defense, keeping opponents to an average of 18.0 PPG. However, their lack of offense and resounding number of penalties hurt them greatly.

One thing is sure coach Jim Leavitt still hasn’t decided who will be calling signals for 2006. The choices are last year’s starter senior Pat Julmiste (124 COMP, 252 ATT, 1,489 YDS, 6 TDs), sophomore Carlton Hill or freshman Matt Grothe. Hill is a great prospect who can pass and run, but he had an uneven spring and is in academic trouble. Grothe is basically unknown. Julmiste just hasn’t performed well.

Another major part of the starting puzzle is Ricky Ponton (373 YDS, 2 TDs), a sophomore, who must replace Andre Hill (1,374 YDS, 13 TDs). That’s a lot of production to restore quickly. On the other hand, talented and versatile junior Amarri Jackson should be an asset at wide receiver.

The defense was great against the pass in 2005 and is very strong in that area again. On the line, the front four include 3 new starters, with junior nose tackle Richard Clebert anchoring the line.

If Hill is QB, this can be a much better offensive team and they’ll be in the conference mix. But there’s a lot to overcome, including a schedule that includes UCF, Rutgers, North Carolina and Pittsburgh. The first four games will say a lot about this team.

South Florida Bulls 2006 Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Road
Sep 2
McNeese State
Home
Sep 9
Fla International
Home
Sep 16
Central Florida
Road
Sep 23
Kansas
Road
Sep 30
Rutgers
Home
Oct 7
Connecticut
Home
Oct 14
North Carolina
Road
Oct 21
Cincinnati
Road
Nov 4
Pittsburgh
Home
Nov 11
Syracuse
Home
Nov 18
Louisville
Road
Nov 25
West Virginia
Road

 

For more data on the 2006 South Florida football program, view the Bulls team website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the Big East competition.

 

2006 Big East Football Previews

All 8 NCAA football teams from the Big East conference are listed below. By clicking on any of the university links you can get a look ahead at each individual Big East football school. For teams other than the Big East check out the main 2006 college football preview section of Maddux Sports.

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