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The Daily Stampede's Nathan Bond notes that South Florida redshirt junior TE Mitchell Wilcox's offensive upside is limited by the system of OC Sterlin Gilbert.

Gilbert simply doesn't fold heavy targets for tight ends into his game plan. This has been a consistent tendency. At Tulsa in 2015, his tight ends garnered just 1.5% of total targets, a mark which essentially held at Texas in 2016, when Longhorn tight ends were targeted just 1.6% of the time. The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Wilcox wasn't completely marginalized last year -- he caught 17 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns -- but he would be capable of bigger things if he played in a different system. He could potentially squeeze his way into the late-round draft conversation next spring should he declare after the upcoming season.
May 25 - 3:03 PM

South Florida redshirt junior QB Blake Barnett has enrolled in classes.

Barnett (6'5/211) transferred from Arizona State to USF earlier this month after attempting just five passes in the desert while backing up Manny Wilkins this past season. It's been a winding journey for the former five-star quarterback recruit, who began his career at Alabama but was unable to capitalize on his opportunity to take hold of the starting job in the Tide's opener versus USC in 2016. That game saw the emergence of Jalen Hurts and led to Barnett's decision to leave the program that autumn. He landed at Arizona State after plying his trade in the JUCO ranks at the close of the 2016 campaign. Come the start of August camp at USF, Barnett will try one more time to resurrect his once-promising career. He'll be competing with redshirt junior Brett Keane and redshirt sophomore Chris Oladokun for starting rights. It should be noted that Barnett has two years of eligibility remaining, making this a great short-to-medium term investment for the Bulls.
May 18 - 1:06 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior QB Blake Barnett transferred to South Florida as a graduate.

Third time's the charm? Barnett began his collegiate career as a five-star prospect at Alabama and was given the opportunity to start two years back versus USC, as a redshirt freshman. He failed to impress in that contest, hitting the bench midway through to watch the emergence of a young dual-threat signal-caller named Jalen Hurts. Seeing the writing on the wall in Tuscaloosa, Barnett then bounced out to a JUCO program before transferring to Arizona State in December of 2016. He was unable to supplant Manny Wilkins as starter down in the desert, though, during the most recent campaign. Now onward to South Florida, where he'll attempt to take over for the departed Quintin Flowers as starting quarterback. Standing in his way will be redshirt junior Brett Keane and redshirt sophomore Chris Oladokun. We love upside transfers, but the stark reality is that Barnett has whiffed on a pair of attainable Power 5 gigs. No sure thing he takes opening snaps versus Elon on Sept. 1.
Source: CBS Sports
May 9 - 11:15 AM

Cardinals signed South Florida QB Quinton Flowers.

Flowers (5’10/210) went 30-9 as the Bulls’ three-year starting quarterback, shattering every USF record including all-purpose touchdowns (112) and rushing yards (3,672). Flowers averaged 8.3 yards per attempt with a 71:23 TD-to-INT ratio, but completed just 57.7% of his throws, including an anemic 53.1% completion rate as a senior. Some teams had Flowers audition for running back before the draft, but he ran 4.63 with a 9-foot-4 broad jump at the Combine. Flowers would do quite well to carve out a Seneca Wallace-like career.
May 2 - 6:47 PM

Packers selected South Florida WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling with the No. 174 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Valdes-Scantling (6’4/206) transferred from NC State to USF for his final two seasons, where he logged a 75/1,294/11 career receiving line and averaged 17.3 yards per reception. Valdes-Scantling padded his resume with a 4.37 forty and 10-foot-4 broad jump in Indy. Valdes-Scantling’s sheer size and speed give him Devery Henderson-like potential, but his ball skills and route running are both well below average on tape. Valdes-Scantling is a one-trick pony, and isn’t great at the one trick.
Apr 28 - 3:38 PM

Falcons selected USF DT Deadrin Senat with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Senat (6’0/314) made 36 starts on the USF Bulls’ defensive line, tallying 23.5 career tackles for loss with seven sacks. In 2017, PFF College credited Senat with 30 total run stops, fourth most among draft-eligible interior defensive linemen. Senat is stubby with short arms (31 5/8") and only tested as a 13th-percentile SPARQ athlete, but his game tape shows a persistent disruptor. Senat may max out as a two-down run stopper in the pros, but he has a high floor. The Falcons needed interior defensive linemen, and Senat can help immediately.
Apr 27 - 10:31 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior QB Blake Barnett is leaving as a graduate transfer.

Barnett played in just two games at Arizona State, both in reserve. He tried to unseat starter Manny Wilkins but wasn't able to and now is looking to transfer again after beginning his collegiate career at Alabama. This time around he won't have to sit out a year because he is a graduate transfer. The former four-star recruit has only played in five career games and will likely transfer somewhere he can start immediately.
Apr 25 - 5:13 PM

An NFC Scouting Director called USF DL Deadrin Senat "a handful" at the East-West Shrine Game in NFL Media's Lance Zierlein's player breakdown.

"That guy was a handful in Tampa," the Scouting Director said. "Watch him in those practices if you can get the tape. Reminded me of what Javon Hargrave did when he was there." Zierlein lists Senat's low center of gravity and "fast-twitch" hands are strengths, while noting that he lacks lengths and can sometimes struggle to disengage. Still, he projects Senat to be a third-to-fourth round pick, meaning the 6-foot, 314-pound prospect could be off the board before the end of Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 9:38 PM

South Florida redshirt sophomore DeVontres Dukes is switching from WR to S this season.

Dukes (6'4/203) didn't play much in his redshirt freshman year, catching just three passes for 32 yards. With that size, he could be an enforcer at the safety position, and he obviously has some speed considering the position he was playing. Expect Dukes to compete for time in the depleted USF defensive backfield.
Apr 3 - 6:33 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang writes that South Florida QB Quinton Flowers could be a "diamond in the rough."

Scheme is important for any player, but it will be particularly important for a player like Flowers, as Rang notes. "Given his height and sporadic accuracy, Flowers is not a fit for everyone," he writes, "but his resiliency, arm strength and improvisational playing style could give him a chance to surprise in the right scheme." Many believe that Flowers is going to end up playing a different position at the next level, but because of those skills listed above, he might just get a chance to play the premium position at the highest level.
Apr 3 - 6:28 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that South Florida DB Deatrick Nichols "looked fantastic" during his pro day on Monday.

Nichols was one of the most talked about players after his practices at the East West Shrine Game, so this builds on his rising stock. " I’m told he timed in the mid to low 4.3’s in the forty with several times reading 4.33s," Pauline writes. "He then looked outstanding in drills." At 5-foot-10, 189-pounds, Nichols has the build and size to be a solid hybrid defensive back, and should go off the board in the middle of Day 3.
Mar 26 - 5:57 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares South Florida WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling to Jets WR Charone Peake.

"Height, weight, speed prospect with intriguing deep ball capabilities as a big field stretcher," writes Zierlein. "Valdes-Scantling is a work in progress who hasn't learned how to create leverage within his linear routes and doesn't have the ball skills he will need to win downfield." The 6-foot-4, 206-pound wideout did impress in Indianapolis at the combine with a 4.37 second 40 yard dash, but his inconsistent production right in 2017 makes him a late-round prospect right now.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 12:06 PM

USF DT Deadrin Senat posted a composite athletic score in the 12th percentile at the 2018 NFL Combine.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris tweeted he is willing to take the leap of faith on Senat despite the poor athletic performance. Senat has been one of Norris' favorite prospects since prior to the East-West Shrine game, as he offers run stuffing skills as a 1-technique while also creating some disruption as an upfield player.
Mar 5 - 10:55 AM

South Florida QB Quinton Flowers ran the 40 yard dash in 4.63 seconds on Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Flowers was a lock to post the top time when Louisville's Lamar Jackson decided to not run. While this is an impressive time for a quarterback -- or a human being, really -- it's not a great time for a running back; a position many project Flowers to play at the next level. Still, he has a chance to be an NFL player because of his ability to make tacklers miss in the open field. He just may not run by as many people as some anticipated.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 9:46 PM

South Florida WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Valdes-Scantling comes equipped with desirable size -- he measured 6-foot-4, 206 pounds in Indianapolis -- and has plus-speed at his disposal, on display during Saturday's 40-yard jaunt. His sprint of 4.37 seconds was the second fastest among wideouts at the combine, trailing only the 4.34 seconds of LSU WR D.J. Chark. Beyond the straight-ahead run, though, Valdes-Scantling is an inconsistent route runner and remains raw on many technical levels. Consider him a possible Day 3 project. At the very least, his speed and size combo is intriguing.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 3:15 PM


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