Former walk-on will run in 40 at spring game
USF's spring football game offers some fun promotions Saturday, with a "spring combine" event that will allow four lucky students to run the 40-yard dash, seeing if their time can beat that of coach Jim Leavitt, whose recorded run will be shown on the video screens at Raymond James Stadium.
But Brandon Moore has run side-by-side with Leavitt before. One of four contestants picked from a group of 25 at a tryout this past weekend, Moore spent last spring as a walk-on cornerback with the Bulls, playing in last year's spring game before he was among four walk-ons cut at the end of last spring's drills.
"They said I didn't have any range," said Moore, 21, who wore No. 22 in practice after making the spring roster.
Moore, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound Bloomingdale graduate, said he would have liked to try to walk on again this spring but had to give up football because he needs to keep his job at MetroPCS. Moore ran a 4.79 in Saturday's tryout, but said he hadn't run the 40 competitively since last spring, and he hopes to fare better at the spring game, where he'll have a chance to earn a pair of tickets to USF's football game at Florida State in September.
"There are tickets involved, so I like doing this kind of thing," Moore said.
And what about beating Leavitt's time, which the 52-year-old coach has jokingly pledged to be in the 5.9-second range?
"I can do that," he said.
(Photo courtesy GoUSFbulls.com)