South Florida has no interceptions so far in 2012

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Defensive backs coach Rick Smith is embarrassed about his unit's inability to force turnovers.

Through six games, South Florida stands as the only FBS school that has not intercepted a pass. The South Florida coaching staff had time to think about that fact while the Bulls enjoy a bye week.

"It's mind-boggling," defensive backs coach Rick Smith told the Tampa Bay Times. "It's embarrassing. I know some of it has to be coaching. I'm not doing something right."

The problem isn't that the USF defensive backs are dropping potential interceptions. Rather, it's that they aren't in the right positions to make the plays.

"The reason we don't have interceptions is our safeties do a terrible job of seeing the quarterback throw the football," Smith said. "That's on me. That's coaching. Not looking at the quarterback is coaching."

Smith is hoping to motivate his players through some tried-and-true methods. He's instituted a rule where the defense has to run gassers if it doesn't force three turnovers in practice. Still, the Bulls forced only one interception in practice on Tuesday.

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