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USF senior TE Elkanah "Kano" Dillon is leaving the South Florida program.

Dillon was not a big part of the USF offense in 2017, catching just 11 passes for 118 yards on the season. The 6-foot-5, 262-pound tight end plans to graduate in May, so he'd be eligible for immediate playing time if he decides to transfer to another FBS program.
Feb 2 - 5:54 PM

Bleacher Report draft writer Matt Miller wrote that South Florida DL "made himself money" for his work in the week of the East-West Shrine Game.

Senat was consistently reported as being dominant during East-West Shrine Game practices, and he made a couple of nice plays in the game on Saturday as well. One scout texted Miller to compare him to superstar DT Aaron Donald, although Miller says the comparison mostly comes because of their size (6'0/322). "He was unstoppable in drills and would draw huge crowds and all the eyes in the stands when he would go one-on-one with blockers in practice," says Miller. "Senat did some of the same things and pushed himself up boards."
Jan 22 - 4:13 PM

South Florida RB D'Ernest Johnson ran for 31 yards on six carries for the East in a 14-10 loss to the West in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday.

Johnson also caught a pass for 12 yards. Outside of the catch and a 15-yard run, Johnson struggled to find much room to run, which was the case for most of the running backs on the day. The 5-foot-10, 204-pound tailback currently projects as a third-down back at the next level, and has received mostly late-round or UDFA grades from draft pundits.
Jan 20 - 7:06 PM

South Florida QB Quinton Flowers has left the East-West Shrine Game due to a death in the family.

Flowers (5'10/202) will not play in Saturday's game. The timing of a death of a loved one is never opportune. Particularly so in this case, as Flowers was trying to win fans in NFL front offices in advance of April's draft. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes Flowers will have to shift to RB in order to potentially make an NFL roster.
Jan 19 - 1:39 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline named South Florida DT Deadrin Senat one of the defensive winners during the East-West Shrine Game practices.

"The only person who as able to stop Deadrin Senat was in fact Deadrin Senat," Pauline wrote. "When fully energized, Senat showed a complete game; he was quick, explosive, powerful and fundamentally sound." The former USF defender measured on the short side (6'0/322) but because of the power he's shown, he's moved into the middle round discussion according to Pauline.
Jan 18 - 4:08 PM

South Florida RB D'Ernest Johnson met with the Jaguars and the 49ers on Tuesday.

Johnson (5'10/204) is competing for the East in the East-West Shrine Game this week, and is coming off a senior season where he ran for 796 yards and seven scores for the Bulls. He also caught 53 passes combined in his sophomore and junior seasons, so he could be looked at as a potential third-down back at the highest level.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 12:31 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline listed South Florida senior QB Quinton Flower as one of the players who didn't stand out in Monday's practices for the East-West Shrine Game.

Because of his size (5'10/202) and his struggles with accuracy at South Florida, Flowers is going to be one of the most scrutinized quarterbacks at any position he plays. Unfortunately, Monday does not appear to have been a strong start for the former South Florida star. "Flowers sprayed his throws all over the place," Pauline said. "If he wants a shot at the next level, it will be at running back and not as a signal caller."
Jan 15 - 11:31 PM

South Florida WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Valdes-Scantling (6-3/204) just finished up his senior campaign having caught 53 passes for 879 yards and six touchdowns. NFLDraftScout.com sees him running the 40-yard dash in the 4.5's come the spring combine. As to stock potential, Draft Analyst currently views him as a probable undrafted free agent at this juncture.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 01:40:00 PM

South Florida junior WR Tyre McCants caught six passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 38-34 win over Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl.

McCants (5'11/235) wasn't the team's most prolific statistical performer in terms of receiving yardage in this one -- that would be Marquez Valdes-Scantling (3-133-1) -- but both of his touchdowns were huge for South Florida. The first came on a 21-yard grab in the closing seconds before halftime, knotting the score at 10-10 after Texas Tech looked, at times, like they might begin to pull away. His second scoring grab was perhaps the most pivotal play of the game, as McCants was hit in stride heading into the end zone from 26 yards out to give the Bulls a 38-34 edge with just 21 seconds remaining in the contest. The junior wideout closes the season the owner of a 38-686-7 receiving line. His 19.9 yards per reception entering action on Saturday stood as the fourth-best mark in the AAC this season. With fellow wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling set to graduate, McCants should have plenty of opportunities to top this year's work come the start of the 2018 campaign.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 05:01:00 PM

South Florida senior WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught three passes for 133 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 38-34 win over Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl.

Valdes-Scantling (6'3/204) scored his touchdown on a beautiful 64-yard toss from QB Quinton Flowers down the left sideline with 4:36 remaining in the contest. The senior wideout wraps the campaign having caught 53 passes for 879 yards and six touchdowns across 12 games played. The big wideout has the requisite frame for the professional ranks, but is currently viewed as a fringe-draftable prospect, with Draft Analyst tabbing him as a likely UDFA. He'll need a nice evaluating process if he's to crack Day 3.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 04:17:00 PM

South Florida senior QB Quinton Flowers completed 17-of-34 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 106 yards and an additional score in Saturday's 38-34 win over Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl.

Both offenses were in start/stop mode in the first half -- the score was knotted at 10-10 when the two teams hit their respective locker rooms -- but matters opened up in fantastically entertaining fashion in the second half. Three of Flowers' five total touchdowns came in the fourth quarter alone, with his 26-yard scoring toss to Tyre McCants with under 30 seconds remaining in the contest serving as the go-ahead game-winner. The senior gunslinger finishes his USF career having accounted for a whopping 112 touchdowns. He'll now try to make his mark with NFL evaluators, having already accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game. He could well receive interest as a wide receiver or special teams possibility given his dynamic abilities as a runner. If he's drafted, it likely won't come until near the end of Day 3 (Rds. 4-7).
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 04:06:00 PM

USF signed uncommitted 2018 DE Stacy Kirby.

Kirby (6'3/248) represents a minor coup for the Bulls, as he had widely been considered UCF's to lose. And lose him they did. The Orlando native had also earlier been committed to Florida State, but had his scholarship offer pulled after Willie Taggart took over as head coach for Jimbo Fisher. On the field, Kirby has shown plenty of fluidity in his play and offers a nice burst once the ball's snapped. He's the kind of high three-star athlete who could find room to flourish once he hits the collegiate ranks.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 06:31:00 PM

South Florida senior QB Quinton Flowers accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Flowers has been a dynamic dual-threat in his time with the Bulls. He's accounted for 20 touchdowns passing and 10 touchdowns rushing the last three seasons for USF. The issue has been accuracy, as he's completed under 60 percent of his passes in two of those three campaigns. He'll certainly get a look at quarterback, but with his speed, he likely will want to be seen at wideout and possibly on special teams, as well.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 06:59:00 PM

South Florida senior DB Deatrick Nichols accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Nichols (5'10/189) has had at least three interceptions for the Bulls the last three years, and has been a stalwart in the USF secondary since his sophomore season. He also had 11 passes defensed in 2017, which ranked second in the AAC. He's currently projected to go between the third-and-fifth rounds.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 02:35:00 PM

USF sophomore WR Deangelo Antoine (ankle) was able to run routes on the sideline during practice ahead of the Birmingham Bowl.

Antoine has been hampered by injuries all year, and hasn't registered a catch or played in seven of the Bulls games this season. He's also one of the fastest players on the team, so his return would be welcome against the Red Raider defense. He should be considered questionable to play at this time, with the bowl game occurring on December 23.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 02:54:00 PM


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