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  03/05/21 - Cade FortinrJr/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) rJr/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#51 OLB) rSr/2023 OLB Antonio GrierSouth Florida
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  Rangy and athletic at 6-2, 185, Townsel played in all but one game and started four, often showing a maturity beyond his years. "A lot of these young guys have gotten a lot of reps and experience, kind of learning after being thrown into the fire, and Townsel is certainly one of those guys," Scott said. "I think this year has been a great learning experience for him. He's had to play all three of our safety positions and has often had to contribute on special teams, and he has stepped up every time. He still has some things to learn, but we believe he's going to be a great player for us." Townsel, a three-star recruit from Deerfield Beach, finished with 32 tackles and an acrobatic interception in the end zone at Cincinnati. - Tampa Tribune

(DS#999 FS) rSo/2025 FS Christopher TownselSouth Florida
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  12/02/20 - Matthew HillrJr/2024, South Florida, 6-0, 186 (DS#21 SS) + More +

  Auburn defensive back Matthew Hill intends to enter the transfer portal, the redshirt sophomore confirmed on his Instagram account. Hill, a former wide receiver, has only played in three games for Auburn this season but has not seen the field in each of the last five games for the Tigers. "Beginning of a new chapter," Hill posted on his Instagram story. Hill's decision to seek a transfer was first reported by AuburnSports.com. According to a source, Hill's name is not yet officially in the transfer portal, but by rule Auburn has 48 hours to enter his name into the database once the request is made.

With Hill's decision to transfer, each of Auburn's four highest-rated signees in the 2018 recruiting class -- four-star quarterback Joey Gatewood, four-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller Jr. and four-star running back Harold Joiner -- have departed the program. Gatewood transferred in the middle of last season, while Miller left the team in September, three weeks before the start of this season, and Joiner entered the transfer portal Oct. 6. A former four-star recruit, Hill was rated as the No. 92 overall player in the 2019 class and signed with Auburn as a wide receiver. - Birmingham News


(DS#21 SS) rJr/2024 SS Matthew HillSouth Florida
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  11/24/20 - Yusuf TerryrJr/2024, South Florida, 6-3, 191 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Baylor redshirt freshman wide receiver Yusuf Terry has opted out of the last three games of the season. Terry has made six catches for 69 yards in four games this season. He has seen more playing time in recent games following an injury to wide receiver Tyquan Thornton. - Waco Tribune Herald

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2024 WR Yusuf TerrySouth Florida
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  11/22/20 - K.J. SailsrSr/2021, South Florida, 5-10, 177 (DS#59 CB) + More +

  USF senior cornerback K.J. Sails will not play his final two games of the season after sustaining a knee injury during Saturday's 56-21 loss at Houston, coach Jeff Scott said Tuesday. Sails will not, however, require surgery while he recovers. Sails, an East Bay High alumnus and local philanthropist who organized a unity walk through Tampa in June, finished the season with 22 tackles in eight games. In 2019, Sails finished with 42 tackles and three interceptions and was named to the American Athletic Conference second team. The loss of Sails is yet another significant blow to USF's already strained roster, which after COVID-19 issues, injuries and players simply opting out from playing, is down to 64. - Tampa Tribune

(DS#59 CB) rSr/2021 CB K.J. SailsSouth Florida
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  11/22/20 - Will Jones IIrSo/2025, South Florida, 5-09, 182 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Kansas State now is up to 10 players in the NCAA's transfer portal, with defensive back Will Jones II entering his name Friday. A K-State spokesman confirmed to The Mercury via text Wednesday afternoon that Jones was transferring. The news was first reported by GoPowercat.com. With Jones' addition Wednesday, the Wildcats have had 10 players transfer since August. Jones is the fourth defensive back in the transfer group, joining Walter Neil Jr., Jonathan Alexander and Tyrone Lewis. Others include defensive linemen Derick Newton, Ronald Triplette and Matthew Pola-Mao, wide receiver Joshua Youngblood, running back Thomas Grayson and linebacker Demarrquese Hayes. - Manhattan Mercury

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2025 CB Will Jones IISouth Florida
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  11/09/20 - Spencer ShraderrJr/2024, South Florida, 6-2, 186 (DS#3 K) + More +

  NOV 9 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Spencer Shrader, USF, So., K, Lithia, Fla.,...Shrader scored 12 points, connecting on four field goals of 41 yards or longer, in a 34-33 loss at Memphis. Shrader connected from 49, 47, 41 and 46 yards, becoming the fifth player in program history with four field goals in a game. Shrader's 46-yard kick came with 4:36 left, giving USF a late 33-20 lead. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#3 K) rJr/2024 K Spencer ShraderSouth Florida
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  10/03/20 - Cade FortinrJr/2024, South Florida, 6-2, 221 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Roughly 48 hours before USF's scheduled kickoff at No. 15 Cincinnati, transfer quarterback Cade Fortin still is on track to make his Bulls debut against the Bearcats, Coach Jeff Scott said Thursday. But he won't be the only Bull behind center against the Bearcats. "I plan to play multiple quarterbacks," Scott told reporters Thursday, "and hopefully feel more confident coming out of this game than maybe where we are right now on having one quarterback we feel like can go lead us on offense to be as explosive as I feel like we have the potential to be." Fortin, a North Carolina transfer who signed with USF in December, was listed as "unavailable" for the Bulls' first two contests. A specific reason hasn't been given, but COVID-19 (positive test, contact tracing, etc.) is the presumed culprit. But Scott indicated earlier this week he expected Fortin to be available, adding Thursday the 6-foot-3 sophomore "has gotten a lot of reps this week in practice." - Tampa Tribune

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2024 QB Cade FortinSouth Florida
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  09/24/20 - Will Jones IIrSo/2025, South Florida, 5-09, 182 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Will Jones' first start at Kansas State was filled with mixed emotions. On one hand, his big plays on special teams and defense led to two of K-State's four touchdowns against Arkansas State. But on the other, the Wildcats suffered a disappointing 35-31 loss in their Sept. 12 season opener. Jones also was flagged for pass interference on a play that helped set up a Red Wolves score. "It was exciting, but as a result, we've just got to get those," Jones, a redshirt freshman, said of the loss. "For myself and the team, emotions were flying in the first game and being excited to play, but at the end of the day we've got to execute business."

Coming off a bye week, the Wildcats will try to get back on track Saturday in their Big 12 opener at No. 3-ranked Oklahoma. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in Norman. For the most part, Jones took care of his business at nickel back against Arkansas State, picking off one pass and breaking up another. And his blocked punt on the game's first series led to a quick score and early lead for K-State. Perhaps Jones' biggest weapon is his raw speed. Thompson said it would come down to a footrace between Jones and wide receiver Joshua Youngblood for fastest player on the team. Jones, who gave his 40-yard dash time as 4.3 seconds - well, actually more like 4.39 - picked himself. "I'm going to have to take that," he said with a smile. "I'm the fastest." - Topeka Capital Journal


(DS#999 CB) rSo/2025 CB Will Jones IISouth Florida
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  A former Daphne star and ex-Alabama commit has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Christian Williams, a sophomore cornerback at Miami, went into the transfer portal Tuesday afternoon, AL.com has learned. A four-star member of Miami's 2019 recruiting class, Williams played in all 13 games for the Hurricanes last season and finished the year with five tackles. Williams, who was committed to the Crimson Tide from April 16, 2018 until Feb. 6, 2019, posted eight interceptions and was a first-team all-state selection as a senior at Daphne in 2018. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2024 CB Christian WilliamsSouth Florida
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  09/14/20 - Kelley JoinerrJr/2024, South Florida, 5-09, 186 (DS#55 RB) + More +

  SEPT 14 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Kelley Joiner, USF, So., RB,...Rushed for a game-high 87 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, averaging 10.9 yards per carry, in a 27-6 win against The Citadel. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#55 RB) rJr/2024 RB Kelley JoinerSouth Florida
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  SEPT 14 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Antonio Grier, USF, Jr., LB,...Had a team-high 10 tackles with a sack to lead a defense that kept The Citadel out of the end zone in a 27-6 win. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#51 OLB) rSr/2023 OLB Antonio GrierSouth Florida
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  2020 PRESEASON RAY GUY AWARD WATCH LIST: Trent Schneider, South Florida,...Entering his third season as a Bull, Schneider currently owns six USF punting records and is on pace to hold nearly every punting mark at USF. He has started 25 games, punted 145 times and amassed 6,442 yards while posting a 44.4 yards per punt career average - all on pace for USF career records...set a Bulls record with a 46.0 yards per punt average in 2019, posted a season yardage mark with 3,266 punting yards and broke the single-game punting average record four times on the year, including 52.8 ypp on five punts in a 27-23 victory over BYU. - South Florida Football

(DS#999 P) rSr/2022 P Trent SchneiderSouth Florida
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  08/21/20 - Matthew HillrJr/2024, South Florida, 6-0, 186 (DS#21 SS) + More +

  Matthew Hill will be going up for interceptions rather than receptions this year now that he has transitioned from a wide receiver into a defensive back. When Hill first arrived at Auburn, he came in as a four-star wide receiver out of Snelville, Georgia. He was ranked the 13th best player in Georgia and the 17th best receiver in the country. Hill hit the field as a true freshman with a fumble recovery and 22-yard rush against Alabama State and a carry in the Music City Bowl in 2018. Since he didn't play more than four games, he was able to take that year as a redshirt. Hill didn't record any catches.

Coach Gus Malzahn said in the spring that they would give Hill opportunities on defense, but spring never happened. When the roster came out, Hill was officially listed as a defensive back. Based on what safety Smoke Monday has seen, Hill is going to be able to help the Tigers out. "I feel like Matthew Hill is going to be a big contributor to the defense," Monday said. Despite two years on offense, Hill shows a lot of confidence when he steps onto the field as a defender. He's very smart and is learning the playbook well. Hill's athleticism has also helped in the transition. Monday said he's fast and has nice hips. Auburn's defensive backs learn to play all over the field, so Hill is getting reps at both cornerback and safety. In the few days of practice that Auburn's had, Hill has looked good at both positions. - Birmingham News


(DS#21 SS) rJr/2024 SS Matthew HillSouth Florida
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