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Injuries have hampered USF offense

A series of injuries to their key offensive weapons has sent the Bulls stumbling to a 3-8 record in 2012.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Ever since Skip Holtz took over at South Florida in 2010, his team's records have been trending in the wrong direction. His team won 8 games in his first season, 5 games in his second and have won only 3 in 2012.

Much of the blame has gone to the offense, which is currently ranked No. 97 overall in the country. The Bulls have been putting up only 22 points a game, which the coaching staff blames on injuries to key play makers (courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times):

"The thing that's coming to light is we're not explosive right now," offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said. "The ability to make a chunk of yards ... is what I think was lacking. We've got to get a little more playmaking ability, a little more explosiveness out of our skill guys."

USF is missing their starting QB (B.J. Daniels) as well as three of their top WR's (Chris Dunkley, Sterling Griffin and Lindsey Lamar).

Daniels, Griffin and Lamar are all seniors, meaning they were recruited by Jim Leavitt's staff. For now, it appears that the underclassmen Holtz and his colleagues recruited have not been able to fill their shoes.

That could be a serious issue in 2013, when the team will be comprised almost entirely of players Holtz brought in.

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