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Bulls add new walk-ons, expand roster to 115



Given USF's history with having walk-on football players move into prominent roles -- there are five former walk-ons now on scholarship and on the two-deep with the Bulls this fall -- there's always a curiosity when the team expands its roster after the start of fall classes.


Teams can only carry 105 players until school starts, and after open tryouts last week, the Bulls on Tuesday announced 10 new players, including injured offensive lineman Jake Kaufman and nine new walk-ons. We mentioned on Twitter on Sunday that Plant City offensive lineman Mike York had joined the team, and USF brought back a spring walk-on in Ocala defensive back Allen Singleton. There are some interesting stories among the other seven new additions. ...

-- It's hard not to like Tyler Robb, a defensive back from Tampa Catholic, after you read this story by the Times' Joey Knight, talking about Robb's battle as an infant with leukemia and all he's overcome to become a college football player. He has a Youtube highlight video as well.

-- Most likely to get on the field out of this group? Hard to say from some cursory Googling, but the odds seem good for David Burdetsky, a long-snapper from Jacksonville who turned down a scholarship offer from Florida International to walk on with the Bulls, according to his coach at Trinity Catholic, Vernon Dorminey. Burdetsky, despite weighing 212 pounds, was a three-year starter on the offensive line -- his father, Dave, played defensive tackle at Central Florida in 1982 and is now Trinity's defensive line coach. He has a five-minute long-snapping Youtube video, and with snapper Mike Walsh being a senior, it's wide-open who would take over for the Bulls in 2012.

-- There is a QB in the group -- Baylin Trujillo from Orlando's Oak Ridge High, who already has message-boarders crowing about his Justin Beiber hair.

-- Best obscure small-school transfer? I'll go with former Gaither offensive lineman Spencer Cavalieri, who signed with Marist in 2008, playing one game for the Red Foxes. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound lineman has two years of eligibility remaining if I'm reading his clock correctly. He made the Times' second-team All-Suncoast in 2007, on the same squad as Armando Sanchez and erstwhile Bulls Dontae Aycock and Adaris Bellamy.

-- Another Tampa walk-on is Chamberlain receiver Will Whiteside, whose team won USF's intramural 4-on-4 championship this summer -- he's also one of 21 players honored by the Tampa chapter of the National Football Foundation as Scholar Athletes. His father William also played at Chamberlain, and one of his coaches with the Chiefs in 1970 was ... USF assistant Rich Rachel.

-- Others who joined the roster but didn't yield anything too noteworthy yet: Tight end Robert Arnemann of Jacksonville Sandalwood and defensive lineman Cody Sanfratello of Jensen Beach (here's his Youtube video).


[Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 3:51pm]


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