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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: USF No. 19 in Preseason AP Top 25 Poll

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TAMPA — USF will kick off the 2017 season this Saturday at San Jose State, 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network, holding the highest preseason ranking in program history.
 
The Bulls are ranked No. 19 in the Annual Preseason AP Top 25 Poll released Monday. The AP Top 25 Poll is selected by a national panel of sports journalists. The entire AP Poll can be seen here:  http://collegefootball.ap.org .
 
Coming off a program record 11-win season, USF is also ranked No. 21 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll announced earlier in August. USF’s rankings in the AP and Coaches Polls equal the Bulls’ highest preseason rankings ever in both polls. USF entered the 2008 season ranked No. 19 and 21 in the two polls, respectively.
 
The No. 19 ranking marks USF’s 20th week in the top 20 of the AP Poll as the Bulls begin just their 21st season of football. USF finished the 2016 campaign ranked No. 19 in the AP Poll. It is the first time since 2008, and just second overall, USF has earned a preseason top 25 ranking. The Bulls rose as highly as No. 10 during week five of the 2008 season.
 
USF has eight players who are represented on 14 national award watch lists.

Senior quarterback Quinton Flowers (Maxwell, Walter Camp, Manning, O’Brien & Unitas), senior punter Jonathan Hernandez (Ray Guy), senior running back D’Ernest Johnson (Hornung), senior cornerback Deatrick Nichols (Bednarik, Nagurski & Thorpe), senior center Cameron Ruff (Rimington), senior linebacker Auggie Sanchez (Nagurski & Wuerffel), senior defensive lineman Deadrin Senat (Nagurski & Outland) and sophomore tight end Mitchell Wilcox (Mackey).