2015 Bowl Week Day Three – Practice, Team Community Service Project & Battle of the Bands

Daily Recap, Dec. 19, 2015

Today’s Weather:
Miami Beach – Hi: 79F Lo: 68F Partly Sunny
Bowling Green, KY – Hi: 49F Lo: 29F Partly Cloudy
Tampa, FL – Hi: 70F Lo: 50F Sunny

Today’s Bowl Week events included practice, the Team Community Service Project and the Battle of the Bands.

Team Practice-Quotes

USF

Willie Taggart, USF Head Coach

On the expected support at Monday’s game from Bulls nation…

“Bulls Nation is very excited about their football program and where it is going. They want it, we want it and we want to keep riding the momentum and continue to bring this thing up. It’s not only gonna take us, it’s gonna take our fans as well. I was excited about taking this job because of the fan base and the ticket sales for this game shows how excited and passionate our fans are about the Bulls.”

On the growth of Quarterback Quinton Flowers…

“He is confident and confident in what he is doing. As a freshman our playbook was a little difficult for him and now we all see how comfortable he is. When he is playing well, everybody else is more confident and plays better.”

Thor Jozwiak, USF Left Guard

On team’s ability to prepare during bowl week…

“We are enjoying the hotel and the beach, but when you come into the meeting room and step onto the field everyone is locked in on football and getting a win. It’s been really fun and everyone has done a great job of staying focused. We are enjoying the sights and sounds of Miami but when it comes to football we are 100% locked in.”

Sean Price, USF Tight End

On the anticipation for Monday’s game…

“We are very anxious. We’re getting tired of hitting each other and we are ready to hit somebody else.”

WKU

Jeff Brohm, WKU Head Coach

On the past two days at practice

“We’ve had two good days of practice here. I think our guys are starting to get locked in. They understand the importance of this football game. Really when it comes down to a bowl game like this, the teams are going to be equally matched, so it’s going to be down to who wants it the most, who’s going to come out and compete to the end.”

On taking on USF’s defense…

“They start with their front four, they’re good, they can rush the passer. They’re pretty stout up front, so we’ve got to find ways to negate that. You know, you can’t allow them to put pressure on the quarterback, you can’t allow them to get sacks on the quarterback, which I’m sure that’s what they’re going to try to do, but at the same, they don’t give up many big plays. So the ability to run the ball, get the ball out quick, and then trying to find some ways to take a few shots and create some big plays is going to be important.I think we’ve got an idea of what we’re going to see and now we just have to block these guys and get open and complete balls and execute.”

On his team’s bowl week experience…

“I think our guys have been having fun, you know we’ve got a good set up. Other than today it’s been warm, we’ve got a nice resort hotel we’re at. Our guys enjoy themselves, they enjoy being around each other. For some guys it’s the last hurrah, and I think they want to make sure they enjoy the team chemistry we have, which hopefully carries over to a bowl win.”

Feeding South Florida Event

USF and WKU started their Saturday off giving back to the Miami community by volunteering at Feeding South Florida. Both teams inspected boxes of food that would later be prepared and sent out to less fortunate families in the Miami area.The two teams designated captains to ensure that their teammates were inspecting food, being safe, but most importantly, having fun. Western Kentucky’s Brandon Dowdee(QB), Gavin Rocker(DL), Forrest Lame(OL), Deandre Simmons(DB) and Garrett Sweatman(K) led the Hilltoppers for their service project. South Florida’s Eric Lee(DL), Sean Price(TE), Auggie Sanchez(LB), and Brynjar Gudmundsson(OL) led the bulls.

Gavin Rocker, WKU Defensive Lineman

On the overall experience…

“I actually like this event because I can actually tell we are doing something with this experience. It’s not just a media event or just to say we did something for the community. You can actually see that we are getting work done, so I am glad that we are doing this activity.”

Auggie Sanchez, USF Linebacker

On the importance of community service…

“This experience is awesome. Coach Taggert always stresses to give back and be a good person. I think right now it shows that we are being good people by giving back and helping people who might be a little less fortunate than us. We are helping them prepare for their next meal and that’s something that is so special to us and we are happy to lend a helping hand.”

Battle of the Bands

This afternoon, fans of USF and Western Kentucky invaded the Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach for the ‘Beach Bowl Battle of the Bands’. Each school competed in a tug of war, water balloon toss, hot wings eating contest and mascot dance-off. The Hilltoppers won the dance-off, tug of war and the hot wings eating contest. The Bulls won the water balloon toss and the band battle. Final score: WKU: 80 USF: 47

Each school performed the fight song during the first round of the “Battle of the Bands”. During the second round,WKU performed “Animals” by Maroon 5 and USF responded with “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. In the final round, the drum line met at the center of the lawn where USF came out on top.

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