Holtz puts walk-on WR Bravo-Brown on scholarship
Showing a loyalty to production on the field, USF coach Skip Holtz has again recognized the value of a young walk-on player and rewarded that, announcing to the team Friday night that sophomore receiver Stephen Bravo-Brown will be on scholarship this fall.
Bravo-Brown was one of the surprises of Holtz's first season, not only making the roster as a true freshman walk-on but playing in all 13 games, starting two and finishing with 11 catches for 104 yards. With newfound depth and talent around him at receiver, the Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas graduate could have even redshirted this fall, but he's stayed in the mix on USF's depth chart and will play a key role this fall.
Holtz has other walk-ons in a position to merit consideration for scholarship roles -- junior Ernie Tabuteau is working as a second-string cornerback right now -- but he said Thursday that Bravo-Brown was the walk-on who had best earned on the field the right to be on scholarship this fall.
Holtz did the same thing in December with another freshman walk-on, quarterback Bobby Eveld, who helped rally the Bulls to victory at Miami last season and is now B.J. Daniels' top backup. Elevating Bravo-Brown to scholarship status is all the more impressive considering that Holtz has a limited number of scholarships available to him in this year's recruiting class, with only 14 seniors on scholarship.
Holtz had two scholarships come open this fall when running back Dontae Aycock and defensive end Brandon Wilkinson left the program; he said Thursday that he has not yet decided what he'll do with the final scholarship. Tight end Mike McFarland, who transferred in from Florida this fall, remains a walk-on for now.
-- Former Ohio State receiver James Louis of Delray Beach, who had an interest in USF, has enrolled at Florida International, according to the Miami Herald.
-- According to the twitter feed of Notre Dame's ticket office, a limited number of tickets were returned by USF and will be available on Monday morning for next week's season opener Sept. 3 in South Bend. It's unknown how many tickets were returned from USF's total allotment of 5,000 tickets.