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Bulls will lean on Marlon Mack, Quinton Flowers against WKU

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The great sports teams don’t just have one star. The great sports teams have two.

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippin. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard. Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Marlon Mack and Quinton Flowers?

They are the power behind the USF Bulls, the running back and the quarterback, the two players who have lifted USF to seven wins in their last eight games, the two who handed Willie Taggart the pen to sign his new contract extension. And in Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl, they are the reason that USF has a chance to beat Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty.

Mack is the nation’s 33rd-ranked running back with 1,273 yards. Flowers, in his first full year of starting, has 2,073 yards passing and 883 yards rushing. It will be quite a challenge for Western Kentucky, which ranks only 67th in the country rushing.

Still, a lot of experts think that Doughty will be too much for the USF secondary to handle. Western has had a prolific year throwing the ball, but it’s done it against Florida Atlantic and Florida International. Western does have an early victory over the SEC’s Vanderbilt, however.

It will be an interesting game for Taggart, who just signed a contract extension. He played, was an assisant and then a head coach for Western Kentucky.

Game time is 2:30 p.m.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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