By Leo Haggerty

Both the SOUNDS and the SIGHTS today.  You get a double barrel of USF football and that’s always a good thing.

We’re staying with the offense again.  Had a chance to talk with wide receiver Tyre McCants.  The 5’11’ senior is now the “old man” in the room and is being counted on for some big numbers this season.

No one will forget the 240 pounder dragging the Central Florida defender for a good 20 yards before scoring last year.  If you haven’t seen it, just Google #8 and watch.

Need to thank the man behind the lens, Photojournalist Trace Crisp, for a plethora of excellent action shots.  In fact, the first photo below is of the Niceville, FL native.  Good get, Trace!

LH : Ten years ago, a 240 pound player would be a fullback.  You’re a wide out.  How much of an advantage is it for you at that size once you get the ball?

TM : I do use it to my advantage.  The coaches tell me that all the time.  A lot of people haven’t seen a big wide receiver.  That’s when I use it to my advantage.  My size and my strength helps me create plays on the field for the team.

LH : How important is it to attain that elusive conference championship?

TM : It’s real important.  Our coaches tell us all the time that it has never happened here.  We want to be the first team to do it.  That would mean a lot to the players here.  It would be a real plus for the program.

LH : What’s life without #9 like so far?

TM : He’s not here but he still helps us a lot.  He keeps in touch with us and supports us especially the young quarterbacks.  The big thing is that we have to move on.  We do miss him but it’s time to move on.