Fresh­man line­men help Bulls early

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - SPORTS - Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA — Ini­tially, Bulls de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor

plan was to in­sert fresh­man line­men and for a few plays Satur­day at San Jose State, just to “get their feet wet.”

But vet­eran DT (in­jury) didn’t suit up, then se­nior DT was ejected in the first half for tar­get­ing. So much for the cameo. Sud­denly, the rook­ies found them­selves on the field as much as

“All of the sud­den those kids got thrown into the fire,” Jean-Mary said, “and I was proud of ’em.”

Ke­gler didn’t of­fi­cially record a tackle, but helped clog the in­te­rior and limit San Jose State to 109 rush­ing yards in USF’s 42-22 tri­umph. Pinkney led all line­men with six tack­les, blocked a PAT and re­turned a fum­ble for a touch­down be­fore of­fi­cials ruled the ground caused Spar­tans QB

to lose pos­ses­sion. “By no means were they per­fect, we know that,” JeanMary said Wed­nes­day. “They made some mis­takes, but at the end of the day they played hard and they tried their best and that's all you can ask for.”

Jean-Mary said Bron­son will be avail­able for Satur­day's home opener against Stony Brook, while Se­nat also is el­i­gi­ble to start since he sat out the sec­ond half at San Jose State. Pre­sum­ing the Bulls open a com­fort­able lead against their Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion foe, the rookie tan­dem should have their re­spec­tive num­bers called again.

“They were both plus-side as far as the grad­ing scale,” Jean-Mary said, “so they made enough plays to over­come some of the mis­takes.”

Jean-Mary’s Ke­gler Kelvin Pinkney Aaron Kevin Bron­son Dead­rin Se­nat Brian Kevin Quin­ton Flow­ers. Mon­tel

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