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Todd Fitch believes USF offense is way ahead of last year

A year ago, quarterback B.J. Daniels completed 58% of passes with 11 TD / 13 INT. The Bulls scored 24 ppg (85th nationally) and averaged 309 ypg (105th nationally.

Offensive coordinator / running backs coach Todd Fitch is looking forward to a much improved offense in 2011. Following the first scrimmage of camp, Fitch said, “It was a lot better than last year, let’s put it that way. We all came out with a daemon over our head from last year.”

“From the naked eye, it looked like they (quarterbacks) had pretty good command of whey they were doing. No real dumb mistakes. I was pleased with how they handled themselves.” (It should be noted that Daniels sat out the scrimmage with a minor hamstring injury.)

“We made some plays down the field.”

“I think we’ll have a good run game. We have some kids that can really run the ball. Our line is jelling.”

“From here, we have to get more situational based. Can we move the chains on third-down? (That was) one of our nemesis last year.”

The biggest negative to Fitch was too many pre-snap penalties.

South Florida opens the season in South Bend against Notre Dame. The Bulls will then return home for three straight games against Ball State, FAMU, and UTEP.