When Steven Bench left the Penn State Nittany Lions following spring practice, he was looking for a new place to play football that he would be able to make an immediate impact. He landed with the South Florida Bulls who are trying to turn around a program that has turned in more than its fair share of disappointing seasons. Bench is confident he is the man for the job as he settles into some a familiar offensive philosophy.
When Bench announced he would be making the move to USF, he mentioned that Willie Taggart had laid out the offense that the Bulls would be running. He described as an offense similar to the San Francisco 49ers, which utilize their tightends extensively and allow the quarterback to run the football. It will utilize the quick three and five-step drops and play-action pass to complete quick, easy throws and methodically move the ball down the field.
Bench has experience in an offense similar to that when he ran a hybrid Wing-T scheme in high school. When he was recruited, he showed the athleticism to make plays with his legs along with the arm strength and quick release to take advantage of the windows opened up by the play-action. He is tailor-made for an offense that uses the quarterback in the running game and that sounds like what Taggart wants to do with him.
When a quarterback like Bench transfers schools, it is usually to find a new program that is a better fit schematically to what he is able to do. He has found a perfect fit with Taggart and the Bulls it seems. Can they mesh together and find success in 2013?