The “Kickoff With Coach Taggart” event scheduled for Monday night at Pier 22 in Bradenton has been postponed because of the weather associated with Tropical Storm Colin.
It was the first of four events USF head football coach Willie Taggart has scheduled this month where he will meet and talk with fans. The event at Pier 22 was sold out, along with the other three events almost immediately after they were announced. USF officials said they are planning to reschedule the event for later in June and registrants will be notified of the new date.
Taggart, the former Manatee High quarterback, is also scheduled for stops this week in Brandon, Tampa and St. Petersburg. Fans can follow USF Athletics’ social media outlets for the most up-to-date information. Those with questions can also call 1-800-Go-Bulls to speak with a USF athletics representative, or visit www.GoUSFBulls.com.
After struggling his first two seasons, Taggart turned the program around last year when the Bulls finished 8-5 and made their first bowl game since 2010. With 15 returning starters, including record setters in quarterback Quinton Flowers, running back Marlon Mack and receiver Rodney Adams, excitement is brewing with the Bulls being picked to finish first or second in the American Athletic Conference East Division.
USF figures to have one of the most explosive offenses in the country. Last season it set school records for total offense (5,741 yards) and touchdowns (64). Led by Mack the Bulls rushed for more yards per game (247) than in the previous two years combined (89 and 108).
The Bulls defense also figures to be strong under new defensive coordinator Ray Woodie, a Palmetto High gradudate and former head football coach for Palmetto and Bayshore.