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Five reserve players not on spring roster

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February

Five scholarship football players, all defensive reserves who have played sparingly if at all, are not on USF's spring football roster and aren't expected to be with the team this fall.

The most prominent of the five are defensive linemen Josh Smiley and Brandon Peguese, who were at one point listed as top backups on USF's depth chart but combined for just five tackles as redshirt freshmen in 2007. Also gone are defensive back Jamaal Jenkins, a former walk-on who had four special-teams tackles last season; linebacker Marvin Peoples and defensive tackle Corian Garrison.

Peoples transferred to USF after one season at Maryland, but wasn't able to earn any significant playing time at linebacker, making a small impact on special teams. Garrison injured his knee before arriving on campus last fall and was never able to practice with the Bulls; it's unknown if he'll be able to recover enough to play football on the college level.

Counting linebacker Donte Spires and defensive tackle Kyle Dampier, the Bulls have lost seven defensive reserves who were on scholarship last fall. The incoming recruiting class will help address those losses, with at least 15 of 26 new scholarship players slated to get their first look on defense. The departures aren't likely to impact the Bulls on the field except for some depth concerns, though the turnover will have an impact on USF's football APR scores, which factor in retention of scholarship athletes.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:12pm]

    

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