ECU FB/TE Gidrey following Holtz to USF
Seeking experience and familiarity at a key offensive position, Skip Holtz is bringing in a player from his East Carolina days, as senior Kevin Gidrey, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound fullback/tight end, said Friday he is joining the Bulls on scholarship as a graduate transfer.
"I'm looking forward to being down in Tampa this fall," said Gidrey, who graduated from ECU in May with a degree in mass communications and will be eligible immediately to play his final year of college football. "Everybody's understanding and working together to make this happen. Coach Holtz really taught me a lot, about football and about growing into a man."
Gidrey is submitting his final paperwork to be admitted to USF this weekend, but is hopeful he'll be accepted and will able to join the team for the start of two-a-day practices next month. The NCAA allows players who have graduated to transfer and play immediately if the new school offers a graduate program not offered at their previous school.
Gidrey, a 22-year-old from Virginia Beach, Va., who caught nine passes for 101 yards as a junior, has three years of experience working with Bulls offensive coordinator Todd Fitch in the hybrid fullback/tight end position. USF doesn't have much experience at the position, with two seniors, fullback Richard Kelly and tight end Andrew Ketchel, as the only players with significant playing time at either position.
"I really think I can come in and show the younger guys how it's supposed to be played," said Gidrey, who will study African-American Studies as a graduate student.
When Holtz took the USF job in January, he specifically stayed away from recruits who had committed to him while at East Carolina, saying it was the ethical thing to do. Gidrey is in a different situation, because new Pirates coach Ruffin McNeill is bringing in the spread offense he ran at Texas Tech -- there are no tight ends on roster anymore, with Gidrey listed as a 255-pound "inside receiver."
Gidrey, whose only career touchdown at ECU came in the Pirates' first Conference USA championship victory in 2008, said he's excited to see how his old coach can compete in a new conference this fall.
"I can't wait," he said. "I think Coach Holtz can take over the Big East just like he did in Conference USA."