Ex-Bull update: Simpson rushes for 178
Ah, the impatience of youth.
As USF struggles to find any consistency in its running game (aside from shifty QB Matt Grothe), former Bulls running back Chad Simpson is playing well at Division I-AA Morgan State. Simpson rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns -- from 40, 54 and 60 yards -- in leading his team to a 28-20 win against Division II Bowie State on Saturday.
I'm not saying Simpson would be rushing for anything close to 178 yards at USF, but he'd probably be in a position to start for a slightly more significant program. The Bulls have been getting by with walk-on Ben Williams and former walk-on Walt Smith carrying most of the load at running back.
Simpson hadn't done much in his first two games, rushing for a combined 54 yards with no touchdowns.
Speaking of former Bulls, linebackers Ronnie McCullough and Josh Balloon are the top two tacklers at Bethune-Cookman. McCullough has 23 tackles, including 3.5 for losses, and Balloon has 18 tackles and two forces fumbles. Add in defensive tackle Ramon McCullough's 7 tackles, and three of BCC's top 11 tacklers are former Bulls.
And former USF quarterback Carlton Hill is playing well enough at receiver that Pearl River coach Tim Hatten is pushing him toward staying at the position. Hill had another key kickoff return and catch as Pearl River remained unbeaten, and Hatten said Hill's future might be in catching the ball and not throwing it.
"He's a lot more fluid at receiver. He's a natural there, as good as any receiver we have," Hatten said. "He could end up making some money playing receiver, and I don't know that he could do that playing quarterback."
USF remains in contention for two Pearl River receivers, Larry Freeman and Demetrius Byrd, and they've shown interest in quarterback Michael Greco, a transfer from N.C. State. Freeman, who is from Fort Meade, just south of Bartow, can enroll in January and practice this spring.
Hatten also said that linebacker Donte Spires, who signed with USF in 2005 but failed to qualify academically, still plans on returning to the Bulls, but now will not do so until next summer. He originally had hoped to join the Bulls in January. Spires is Pearl River's leading tackler.