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No hoop for you: Daniels to focus on football



B.J. Daniels, who split time between football and basketball his first year on campus, has made the decision to focus on football this spring rather than continue as a walk-on in basketball.


"This was a tough decision, but one I needed to make in order to lead our football team to a championship," Daniels said on

Daniels, who chose USF in recruiting in part because the Bulls were allowing him to play both sports, hadn't reported to the basketball team in the first week after USF's football season ended, and he told teammates of his decision Monday afternoon after the first team meeting of the spring.

"I'm just a sophomore, but I feel like it is my responsibility to be a leader and help set the tone for the team," Daniels said. "I just felt like this was the right time to make my full commitment to football. We have championship goals and we can't waste any time."

Daniels stepped in as USF's starter as a redshirt freshman when senior Matt Grothe was lost for the year in the third game of the season. He led the Bulls in rushing with 772 rushing yards and passed for 1,983, with 14 passing touchdowns and nine scores rushing.

"It is admirable that B.J. would make this decision," offensive coordinator Mike Canales told USF's official site. "He's making the best decision for the team and football program."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:54pm]


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