The new, improved Jim Leavitt says his team needs to play.
His University of South Florida football team is in the "launch" mode, sitting in the gantry, ready to take off in search of bigger and better things.
This 2009 college football season brings opportunity for the Bulls, but they're going to take their time and start out with a few appetizers before they start thinking about the serious entrees.
The Bulls will put their horns into a cute little Terrier of a team called Wofford on Saturday night in Raymond James Stadium.
It should be a chance for Leavitt to see how effective his team can be against a 1-AA opponent.
Sure Wofford is a good little team. It dwells in the Southern Conference with teams like Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern, Elon and the Citadel and sure, App State, the sometimes giant-killer.
Sure, Wofford won nine games last year, but this is USF in its big back yard, Raymond James Stadium and this is USF, with All-America defensive end George Selvie and the the man who would be king of Big East offense -- quarterback Matt Grothe.
USF simply has too much talent to not slap Wofford around in this 2009 opener.
Yes, Leavitt's team needs to play. It needs to find out how well the machine runs.
And it needs to find out how fast it can eat an appetizer.