Five USF football players to graduate Saturday
The line from Skip Holtz that drew the biggest applause Wednesday at the Tampa Chamber of Commerce's USF luncheon in downtown Tampa was when USF's football coach told his audience that by the end of the fall semester, 19 of his 20 scholarship seniors this fall will have their degrees.
Toward that end, Saturday's summer commencement ceremonies include another five current or former Bulls football players -- walk-on Thanasi "Saki" Mihalakos (health sciences) from the 2011 team, and four current players. Rising seniors Justin Brockhaus-Kann (interdisciplinary social sciences, criminology and political science) and Ernie Tabuteau (criminology) will get their degrees, as will a pair of rising juniors -- offensive lineman John McGhin (criminology) and defensive tackle Luke Sager (communications) earned their degrees in just three years, giving them a chance to pursue postgraduate degrees during their final two years of eligibility. Sager is a potential starter at defensive tackle.
The football players aren't the only athletes graduating -- the list includes men's basketball walk-on Alberto Damour (criminology), baseball's Matt Reed (communications), Kyle Parker (criminology), Andrew Loynaz (political science) and Daniel Rockhold, and women's basketball standout Jasmine Wynne.
Ecaterina Vasenina, who went 13-6 as USF's No. 1 seed in women's tennis as well as 12-5 at No. 1 doubles, graduated with a degree in international studies, and Noelle Pineiro, who tied for second in scoring for USF women's soccer, earned a degree in international business, management and information systems.