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Grothe is the key for Bulls

Looking across the USF locker room, or at team statistics, one thing is certain: Quarterback Matt Grothe is the key to South Florida's success as the Bulls face West Virginia tonight at 8 at Raymond James Stadium."Matt Grothe is the leader of the team," said Tom Ward, who works in USF's strength and conditioning department and was at Bennigan's on Dale Mabry Friday afternoon. "He has to play well tonight in order for USF to win the game."Grothe, a sophomore from Lakeland, was heavily recruited and chose to attend USF over college football programs with more history, Ward said, adding that Grothe has been successful this season despite not being an imposing presence on the field."He plays a lot bigger than he is," Ward said. "If you saw him walk into this restaurant right now, you'd never know that he is a star athlete at the university."Regardless of the outcome tonight, Ward says, the Bulls (3-0) will gain from the experience."Win or lose this game, they still have a lot of national attention," he said. "If we win, we'll hopefully be ranked in the top 12 in the country and have a great shot at maybe going undefeated the rest of the year, possibly. That would possibly bring a BCS (Bowl Championship Series) bowl game, which would be an accomplishment that most schools only dream of."If we lose, it's only one loss."

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