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  11/08/21 - Brian BattierFr/2025, South Florida, 5-07, 165 (DS#62 RB) + More +

  NOV 8 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brian Battie, Fr., RB, South Florida,...Battie scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns, becoming only the second player in NCAA FBS history to register two 100-yard kickoff returns in a game in the Bulls' 54-42 loss to No. 19 Houston. Battie, who also scored a 29-yard rushing touchdown, gave South Florida a lead with both of his 100-yard returns, while he joined former USF wide receiver Terrence Horne as the only American Athletic Conference players to register two touchdowns on kickoff returns in a game. Battie is the NCAA leader with three touchdowns on kickoff returns in 2021. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#62 RB) rFr/2025 RB Brian BattieSouth Florida
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  11/08/21 - Brian BattierFr/2025, South Florida, 5-07, 165 (DS#62 RB) + More +

  South Florida's Brian Battie ran back two kickoffs 100 yards in a loss to Houston, joining Utah's Reggie Dunn (2012) as the only players in Bowl Subdivision history with a pair of 100-yarders in a game. The 5-foot-8, 162-pound Battie's big returns came on the opening kickoff and in the second quarter. He also went all the way against Tulsa on Oct. 16. His three kick return TDs are a school career record. - AP College Football

(DS#62 RB) rFr/2025 RB Brian BattieSouth Florida
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  OCT 25 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Spencer Shrader, Jr., K, South Florida,...Scored 10 points, connecting on field goals of 52 and 26 yards and going 4-for-4 on PATs in a 34-14 win against Temple. Remained perfect on placements in 2021 (9-9 FG, 20-20 PAT). - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#10 K) rSo/2024 K Spencer ShraderSouth Florida
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  10/26/21 - Jaren ManghamrJr/2023, South Florida, 6-1, 221 (DS#41 RB) + More +

  OCT 25 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Jaren Mangham, Jr., RB, South Florida,...Rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in a 34-14 win against Temple. Led an offense that set a program record with 421 rushing yards. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#41 RB) rJr/2023 RB Jaren ManghamSouth Florida
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  10/24/21 - Jaren ManghamrJr/2023, South Florida, 6-1, 221 (DS#41 RB) + More +

  Jaren Mangham ran for 152 yards on 26 carries and scored twice and South Florida beat Temple 34-14 on Saturday. The Bulls (2-5, 1-2 American Athletic Conference) tallied 421 yards on the ground to mark the third time in program history South Florida has topped 400 rushing yards. South Florida led 17-7 at intermission, and out of the break, Temple (3-4, 1-2) drew within three after Edward Saydee crashed in from a yard out to end an eight-play, 75-yard drive. After Spencer Shrader's career-long 52-yard field goal made it 20-14, later in the third, Kelley Joiner ran it from the 2 to make it 27-14 with 2:41 left in the quarter. Temple's D'Wan Mathis threw for 183 yards, a touchdown and was intercepted twice. - South Florida/AP College Football

(DS#41 RB) rJr/2023 RB Jaren ManghamSouth Florida
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  10/19/21 - Brian BattierFr/2025, South Florida, 5-07, 165 (DS#62 RB) + More +

  OCT 18 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brian Battie, Fr., RB, South Florida,...Battie became the ninth American Athletic Conference player in league history to register a 100-yard kickoff return when he took a second-quarter return from end zone to end zone in the Bulls' 32-31 loss to Tulsa. Battie's return gave South Florida a 17-10 lead after Tulsa had tied the game at 10-10. Battie is averaging 28.6 yards per return this season, which ranks second among American Athletic Conference players. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#62 RB) rFr/2025 RB Brian BattieSouth Florida
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  OCT 18 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Antonio Grier, Jr., LB, South Florida,...Had seven tackles, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 32-31 loss to Tulsa. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#46 OLB) rJr/2023 OLB Antonio GrierSouth Florida
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  09/20/21 - Jaren ManghamrJr/2023, South Florida, 6-1, 221 (DS#41 RB) + More +

  SEPT 20 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Jaren Mangham, Jr., RB, South Florida,... Scored three rushing touchdowns (2, 4, 9) in a 38-17 win against Florida A&M. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#41 RB) rJr/2023 RB Jaren ManghamSouth Florida
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  09/19/21 - Jaren ManghamrJr/2023, South Florida, 6-1, 221 (DS#41 RB) + More +

  Jaren Mangham scored three times, twice in the first half, and Timmy McClain threw for a first-half touchdown as South Florida rolled past Florida A&M, 38-17, in a non-conference game Saturday. The Bulls held Florida A&M to a 49-yard Jose Romo-Martinez field goal in the first half, taking a 24-3 lead into intermission. Spencer Shrader kicked a 49-yard field goal in the first quarter to get South Florida on the board first and the Rattlers tied the game on Romo-Martinez' matching kick.

Mangham put the Bulls ahead for good, capping an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a two-yard run to make it 10-3 after 15 minutes. McCain threw nine yards to Xavier Weaver for a score and Mangham scored from 4-yards out in the second quarter. McCain completed 12 of 23 passes for 163 yards. Brian Battie carried 10 times for 110 yards and Mangham carried seven times fore 27 yards. South Florida earned its first win after dropping games to North Carolina State and Florida to start the season. Rasean McKay was 25 of 49 passing for 248 yards to lead Florida A&M (1-2). - South Florida/AP College Football


(DS#41 RB) rJr/2023 RB Jaren ManghamSouth Florida
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  08/25/21 - Cade FortinrSo/2024, South Florida, 6-2, 221 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  USF has named Cade Fortin its starting quarterback, the Bulls announced Monday afternoon on Twitter. The news is notable but not a surprise. Fortin, a transfer from North Carolina, left the spring with an edge in the four-person competition and impressed coaches early in preseason practices. "Cade just picked up right where he left off," second-year coach Jeff Scott said after the first week. "He's had an outstanding fall camp." The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Georgia native was a three-star recruit in high school. He appeared in four games for the Tar Heels and was 23-of-65 for 388 yards and a touchdown in 2018. He also rushed 14 times for 76 yards and a TD at North Carolina. He was limited with injuries and coronavirus protocols last year but still played in two games with the Bulls. He finished 4-of-8 passing for 39 yards with 39 rushing yards on four carries. - Tampa Tribune

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Cade FortinSouth Florida
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  08/17/21 - Cade FortinrSo/2024, South Florida, 6-2, 221 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  USF coach Jeff Scott said his Bulls are "probably closer" to figuring out which of their four viable quarterback options will become this year's starter. Or maybe not. "Just let it play out," Scott said Tuesday after USF's first full padded practice of preseason camp. "I want my wife to be able to come to the game and be able to say, 'That's your best quarterback right there." It needs to be that obvious." A week into preseason camp, a winner is not yet that obvious. But there does seem to be a frontrunner: junior Cade Fortin.

The North Carolina transfer showed promise in his two games last season when he wasn't shut down due to injury or coronavirus protocols. He left spring with a lead in the competition and still seems to be ahead; Scott said the other three passers are "behind" Fortin. "Cade just picked up right where he left off," Scott said. "He's had an outstanding fall camp." Fortin attributes some of that to his familiarity. This is the first time since his junior year of high school that he had the same system and coaching staff for two straight years. "It's definitely helped me develop a lot of confidence," Fortin said. - Tampa Tribune


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Cade FortinSouth Florida
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  04/04/21 - K.J. SailsrSr/2021, South Florida, 5-10, 177 (DS#59 CB) + More +

  As defensive back KJ Sails went through the most important workout of his life Thursday during USF's pro day, an NFL scout stopped him with an odd-sounding request. He wanted to find out more about the governor. "It was kind of funny," Sails said. "I didn't really think that they did their research about that type of stuff on me." Sails, of course, is not the governor. The East Bay High alumnus merely spent a day as Tampa's honorary mayor in February. But as pro teams continue their research about the NFL hopeful ahead of this month's draft, they'll discover an impressive player who will make an impact far beyond any locker room.

Sails' onfield influence was strong enough during his two seasons at USF. After arriving as a transfer from North Carolina in 2019, he started 20 games for the Bulls and was one of their bright spots during a rough stretch. He earned second-team all-conference honors as a junior and would have participated in an all-star showcase or two this offseason, had they not been cancelled because of the pandemic. His impression on the community was equally notable. Amid the nationwide unrest after George Floyd's death over the summer, Sails organized a unity walk from downtown Tampa to Central Park Village. Mayor Jane Castor became his mentor and awarded him the key to the city. "I'm thankful to impact my community, because this community means a lot to me," Sails said. "I grew up here. I was born and raised here. A lot of my family's from here. It's a blessing." - Tampa Tribune


(DS#59 CB) rSr/2021 CB K.J. SailsSouth Florida
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  03/29/21 - Cade FortinrSo/2024, South Florida, 6-2, 221 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Coach Jeff Scott repeatedly has praised Fortin's development this spring, and it showed Saturday. Fortin finished 14-of-23 for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the first half for the Green team. Beyond the numbers, he had one of the day's best throws (a 50-yarder to Xavier Weaver on the first play from scrimmage) and one of the best runs (a 23-yard scramble). USF's other experienced option, Miami transfer Jarren Williams, was shakier as the White team's starter. He finished 9-of-19 for 98 yards and a touchdown plus what would have been a fumble in a normal game. Scott doesn't see an advantage to naming a starter this early, so expect the competition to continue into the fall. But Fortin looks like the Bull to beat heading into the offseason. - Tampa Tribune

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Cade FortinSouth Florida
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  03/05/21 - Cade FortinrSo/2024, South Florida, 6-2, 221 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The tidbit that Jeff Scott tossed at reporters Tuesday bore a saline aftertaste, like a grain of salt. It may behoove USF fans to digest it as such: Through four spring practices, Cade Fortin appears to be leading the latest Bulls quarterback derby. "Cade Fortin is probably the MVP so far in my opinion through four days," Scott said. That assessment could change by week's end, when the Bulls will have two more workouts, including a closed scrimmage on Saturday. But so far, the 6-foot-3, 222-pound North Carolina transfer - whose 2020 season was disrupted by quarantine and injury - has been "phenomenal," according to his coach. "The way that he has improved and just sped up his processing, delivering the ball, it's like a completely different player than where he was last year at maybe the beginning of fall camp just getting here," Scott added. "And I think again, that's having a year to digest the playbook and what we're asking him to do." - Tampa Tribune

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2024 QB Cade FortinSouth Florida
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  2020 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Antonio Grier, USF,...In his second season as a starter for the Bulls' defense, Grier led USF in tackles (59), tackles for loss (5.5), sacks (3.0) and forced fumbles (2) while playing in eight of the Bulls' nine games on the season and making seven starts. He ranked 10th in the conference posting 7.4 tackles per game and tied for 15th with 3.0 sacks. The 6-1, 222-pounder earned AAC Weekly Honor Roll recognition after the Bulls' season opening win over the Citadel (27-6) as he led the team with 10 tackles and added a sack and a forced fumble. Grier led the Bulls in tackles in three games on the year, posting 10 tackles in games vs. The Citadel, ECU and Memphis. - South Florida Football

(DS#46 OLB) rJr/2023 OLB Antonio GrierSouth Florida
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