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Virginia redshirt freshman T Grant Polk transferred to USF.

"[Polk is] with our squad now and he will be participating in training camp with us," said HC Willie Taggart. The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder has enrolled in classes, but will not be eligible to compete in any games this season, as he will be forced to sit out the 2016 campaign due to NCAA transfer regulations. Polk was a three-star recruit out of high school for the 2015 cycle.
Aug 15 - 3:53 PM

USF redshirt senior WR A.J. Legree will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL, according to Josh Newberg.

Legree appeared in seven games last season and recorded three catches for 24 yards after sitting out the 2014 season once transferring from Kentucky. According to Newberg, Legree and USF will petition for a medical redshirt so the receiver can return in 2017.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 10 - 11:13 AM

South Florida junior RB Marlon Mack "has great open-field moves and the straight-line speed to take away angles down the sideline," writes NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot, 205-pound enters his junior campaign as a two-time first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection. Mack has logged back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and will surpass that number again, with ease, if he stays healthy.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 4 - 5:03 PM

DT Derrick Calloway, who withdrew from school prior to the 2015 season, will not return to USF in 2016.

Calloway would have provided a huge boost to the USF front, as he was one of the school's top defenders in 2014 as a sophomore. The team left the door open back in 2015, but it seems shut now.
Aug 2 - 10:23 AM

USF received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 ATH Bruce Judson.

This time last year, Judson was espousing the virtues of Ohio State, going so far as to say that he was "100%" going to stick to his pledge with the Buckeyes. That didn't pan out. The 5-foot-9, 184-pounder backed off from Ohio State after HC Urban Meyer asked him "Who are you?" during a campus visit last summer. Regardless, South Florida earned a huge commitment here. Scout.com refers to him as "[o]ne of the top playmakers in the state of Florida" and notes that he could play running back, slot wideout or corner at the next level.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 28 - 1:27 PM

USF HC Willie Taggart cited junior RB D'Ernest Johnson as one of the team's emerging leaders.

During Taggart's first two seasons with the Bulls, the team went 6-18. They began the 2015 season in similar dismal fashion, slogging out to a 1-3 start. And then, magic. South Florida went 7-2 down the stretch. Taggart credits the likes of the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Johnson for the turnaround. "Those guys that I named [as leaders] are the same guys that decided to come here because they wanted to turn it around," he said. Johnson was named to the Paul Hornung preseason watch list earlier this week. The award is handed out to the most versatile player in the country. Last season, he rushed 71 times for 307 yards, caught 25 passes for 346 yards and racked up a juicy 563 yards via 21 kick returns. That last mark works out to 26.8 yards per return. Marlon Mack is the lead back, here, but Johnson doesn't need 20 carries to make a positive impact.
Jul 16 - 4:28 PM

Four-star ATH Bruce Judson unveiled the list of his top 10 schools.

Judson took to Twitter to make his list public. The 5-foot-9, 184-pounder ticked off Florida, Arizona, TCU, Auburn, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Alabama, Michigan State and UCF as the current ten favorites for his commitment. He took unofficial visits to Florida and Auburn in April. Plus, an unofficial trip to check out Georgia, though the Bulldogs failed to crack his list. Judson had been committed to Ohio State, but backed off that pledge after HC Urban Meyer infamously asked him (possibly joking, possibly not), "Who are you?" last July.
Jun 1 - 2:35 PM

USF AD Mark Harlan told a university Board of Trustees work group that he will continue to examine the possibility of building an on-campus stadium.

We're in the "feasibility study" part of the timeline on this one. Not only is there no timetable for when a final stadium proposal would be ready, there isn't even a timetable for when the feasibility study itself will be finished. And then there is the issue of money. "Apparently these things aren't free," Harlan told reporters, "so we need to really look into all those things and really decide if there's an appetite for it." The Bulls will continue to play at Raymond James Stadium for the foreseeable future.
May 19 - 7:24 PM

Four-star athlete Bruce Judson says he decommited from Ohio State because HC Urban Meyer didn't know who he was.

Rewind to July, when Judon, who had been committed to Ohio State for seven months, visited campus. Here's Judon's description of what went down when Meyer stopped him and four-star S Richard LeCounte: "He was like, ‘Hey. ... Come here. ... How you doing, you like your visit?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ Then he’s like, ‘What up Richard LeCounte? Are you showing this guy around?’ I was like, ‘Coach, I’m showing him around.’ He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ I told him Bruce. He said, ‘Oh, Bruce Judson from Florida. The speedy guy.’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘I’m glad that you’re on board and glad you got up here.’ After that, I knew I was de-committing." SEC Country contacted LeCounte, who corroborated Judson’s story, though LeCounte gave the coach the benefit of the doubt by saying Meyer may have been joking, ribbing Judson for his dark blue shirt (Michigan colors). "We had met face-to-face before at a satellite camp," Judson said, "so he should have known who I was, especial
Source: SEC Country
May 6 - 8:39 PM
Eric Lee - DL - Bulls

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that USF DE Eric Lee worked out for the Texans.

Per Wilson, Lee went through his workout with Texans LB coach Mike Vrabel on Friday. He also hears that the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder has drawn "steady interest" from the Patriots. Last season, Lee offered a bit of everything on the field, recording 45 tackles (11.5 for loss), four sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. If he manages to crack the draft, it would come on Day 3. Otherwise, undrafted free agency may lie in his immediate future.
Apr 23 - 5:56 PM

USF redshirt freshman LB Cecil Cherry was listed as the backup to ILB Auggie Sanchez following spring practices.

Sanchez picked off two balls in the spring game. Cherry has some work to do to crack the starting lineup, but he has both time and talent on his side. The Texas transfer is a former four-star recruit.
Apr 23 - 1:02 PM

USF TE Sean Price worked out for the Texans on Friday.

Price is an H-back, which in this case is a nice way of saying he's a tweener. The 6-foot-3, 252-pounder logged =20 catches for 306 yards a career-best five touchdowns in 2015. He didn't reach 1,000 yards receiving total across four seasons with the Bulls.
Apr 22 - 2:14 PM

USF senior CB Lamar Robbins has been reinstated to the program.

Robbins and teammate Benjamin Knox landed in hot water last October after they reportedly fired a gun off in celebration following the team's 45-24 win over Syracuse. While he was initially charged with a second-degree felony of discharging a weapon on school property and a misdemeanor for providing false information to a law-enforcement officer, those charges have now been dropped. Also dropped, the indefinite suspension hanging over the head of the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Robbins. Said HC Willie Taggart, "He's just like all the other guys. He handled his business, took care of his consequences and now we're moving on and getting better and learning from our mistakes."
Mar 28 - 7:54 PM

USF senior DE Daniel Awoleke has been awarded a sixth year of eligibility.

The exact nature of Awoleke's waiver was deemed "complicated" by Tampa Bay Times reporter Joey Knight, but the offshoot is that the 6-foot-5, 283-pounder is back in the fold for another season. A former walk-on, Awoleke was awarded a scholarship prior to the start of the 2015 campaign. HC Willie Taggart is pumped to have him for another year, saying, "I know he was excited, but it was great to see how excited his teammates were, knowing that they’re gonna have another year with him around here, running around on special teams and hitting people really hard, and then helping out on the defensive line."
Mar 28 - 5:23 PM

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reports that USF has hired former Arkansas State OL coach Darren Hiller to serve as run game coordinator and OL coach.

Hiller's stint at Arkansas State was as brief as brief can be. He was hired as OL coach in January and stepped down after a week. Before that minuscule stint, he had acted as Cincinnati's OL coach for three seasons. With the Bulls, he'll be replacing Danny Hope, who earlier left the program due to a personal matter.
Feb 16 - 10:14 PM


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