TAMPA, Fla. -- Amidst a deep and talented interior defensive line, junior defensive tackle Demonte McAllister found himself on the field early and often against in-state opponent USF on Saturday.
It wasn't just in the beginning. And it wasn't just at the end.
McAllister was on the field throughout and during some of the most pivotal moments.
"It was very nice to be out there," he said. "I have been practicing hard and working hard to get out there all season to be in this position to make big plays like that."
Playing inside Raymond James Stadium, just a stone's throw from Alonso High School in Tampa, McAllister was involved in a homecoming of sorts.
Family and close friends snatched up every ticket they could to be there. And McAllister was determined to impress.
"It was great. I knew that I had family in the stands, friends from high school, people that I've known all my life," McAllister said. "It was a great experience. It was my second time actually playing in here and I had a great time."
It wasn't always great for the defense, though.
The Bulls started strong gaining 144 yards of offense in the first quarter. But Florida State, and McAllister rallied to shut down their offense limiting USF to just 18 yards in the second and 11 yards in the third.
McAllister says it is all about rolling with the punches.
"Games hardly ever go as you plan them to go," he said. "You have to have a good plan B and we just came out and kept focusing. It was tough, but we stayed poised and got the job done."