Even gloomy skies couldn't dampen Willie Taggart's excitement as he brought his Bulls together for his first official practice Wednesday.
"I slept in this," Taggart said, pointing to his coach's gear. "My watch, my whistle. My hat wasn't on, but my whistle was on. Ready to roll. I put my shoes on and I'm ready to roll."
Taggart set the tone early with his players' favorite tunes. His goal on this first day is for everyone to get better and have fun doing it.
The Bulls will go through 15 spring practices over the next couple weeks, but his players already know what's expected. Taggart wants them to live by his one creed -- a daily practice borrowed from his old high school teammate.
"Do something," said Taggart. "You want something, you got to do something. You want me to give you something, go do something. You go be the player you are supposed to be. You go be the player you intended to be when you decided to come to school at the University of South Florida."
Senior quarterback Bobby Eveld has got it down.
"Yeah, he says that all the time," said Eveld. "So we are going to try to do something."
"Obviously, we want to do something. We want to make some noise in the country this year. Not just the Big East or whatever conference we are going to be in. We want to make some national noise this year. So we are going to try and do something."
The Bulls' first practice mirrored their new coach's personality. This is the time to teach his team -- his way.
"He really just came and here and just laid it all on the line," said Andre Davis. "Told us no more 3 to 9. We are going to be one of the top-tiered programs in the nation."
Willie Taggart made his position to his players very clear. Every position on this team is wide open. When it comes to his starting quarterback, he doesn't expect that battle to be decided until late August.
"I told them we are not going to give you anything," said Taggart. "No one out there is going to give us anything. Anything we get, we've got to earn it. If they want playing time, they have to earn it. You can't take a day off.
"We are going to make it highly competitive to where these guys have to understand that their job can be taken it they have a bad day. We've only got 15 practices this spring. We need 15 great practices.''
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