BY: John Mamola

It was a special night for true freshman running back Marlon Mack as he tied a USF school record with 275 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the Bulls’ 36-31 win over Western Carolina on Saturday night.  The freshman scored on runs of 62, 60, 56 and 2 yards as USF avoided losing its season opener to an FCS school at home for the second straight year.

Mack was so thrilled by his performance at Raymond James Stadium that he took to Twitter for some post game comments thanking his offensive line for their efforts.  However Mack was silenced by the team to the media as a team rule that freshman do not comment after games.

Head Coach Willie Taggart spoke about the policy to WDAE’s “The Sports Page” on Tuesday morning.

“It was a policy here last year too and all of a sudden its become an issue again,” said Taggart.  “Its something I’ve always had since I’ve been a head coach.  I just feel our young guys have a lot to worry about, and a lot on their plate as is.  I think it’s our job as coaches to teach them how to talk to the media.”

Taggart believes freshman coming in already have enough distractions between classes, studying playbooks and studying in class that they don’t need to talk to the media following games.

“The only people that have issues with it are the ones talking about it,” said Taggart.

The USF coach discussed the upcoming match up against Maryland and more about Marlon Mack’s historic night with the Sports Page below.

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