Ah, but on Monday night, it finally leaked out.
Reed Williams, the starting linebacker, made something of an off-hand comment when talking about last year’s game.
“It seemed like they had our plays before we’d run them,” Williams said.
Had the plays?
Other players, those from the offense, were asked if they had the same feeling, if such matters were discussed on the sideline during the game.
“I can’t comment on that too much,” said Ryan Stanchek, the offensive lineman who this year has even more to worry about as he deals head-to-head with George Selvie, USF’s dynamic defensive lineman. “Obviously, they had a good game plan. They have a very tough defense and they fly to the football.”
That could not be let drop right there.
Did you have the feeling during the game, though, that they knew what was coming?
“A little bit, yeah, a little bit,” he answered, laughing. “I don’t want to, you know …”
Yeah, we know.
Greg Isdaner was a freshman offensive lineman last year, experiencing something like this for the first time. Had he noticed any fishy going on?
“Well, they run the same offense in a lot of ways, so they see it every day,” he said. “I definitely think that factors into it. Also, during the course of a game you pick up things – tendencies, that kind of deal.”
But did you guys discuss it on the sideline at all, Isdaner was asked?
The answer was neither yes nor no.
“A lot of teams try to echo calls,” he said.
Echo calls? Like they are telling the entire defense what’s coming? And how good was South Florida at echoing calls.
“They did it better than anyone else did, but that wasn’t the only game it happened.”