Notes: USF working on hardship waiver for Lynch
Lots of little notes to get to from Newport, but one question you've been asking for updates on is the status of an NCAA hardship waiver that would allow Notre Dame transfer Aaron Lynch to play this fall.
"They're compiling everything and putting it together. Once it's submitted, it will be ruled on rather quickly," coach Skip Holtz said. "Just trying to get all the letters in place and everything else. You have to remember he started here four weeks ago. I would imagine that would be done probably here within the next week."
Lynch, a Freshman All-America defensive end, is already in classes at USF and working out with his teammates. He'll wear No. 19 for the Bulls, the same number he had at Notre Dame.
TRANSACTIONS: Holtz said he will not comment on roster changes until Sunday when players report -- he's still waiting for summer grades for some players -- but it's worth noting that walk-on receiver Jordan Duval, arrested on campus this month on a felony grand theft charge and accused of taking a student's iPhone from the campus recreation center, is not listed on USF's new 2012 roster. Nor is defensive back Spencer Boyd, the Notre Dame transfer who was off the team after last season, then allowed back for spring drills with certain stipulations.
WELCOME ABOARD: There are 113 players on USF's 2012 roster and only 105 will be able to go with the team to Vero Beach, but of the 19 walk-ons who joined the team for spring drills, five made the cut for the fall roster: DT Stefon "Congo" Konjonavski, DE Colton Hudson, DBs Zach Fisher and Taborie Sullivan and RB Kyle Peck.
There are also new freshman walk-ons listed: quarterbacks Tommy Eveld (Jesuit) and Trenton Miller (Palmetto), tight end Jackson Cannon (Land O'Lakes), offensive lineman Hunter Clark (Miami Norland), long snapper Alex Salvato (Lakeland Victory Christian), offensive lineman Kyle Van Atta (Fort Walton Beach). Mike Pierre's brother Ronald, a junior college transfer, is also on roster as a linebacker. And we'll have a note on defensive tackle Soslan Gagloev, yes, the sumo wrestler from Russia.
Walk-ons who were on the team last season but are no longer listed on roster: defensive back Patrice Pierre, quarterback Baylin Trujillo (now at Webber International), defensive tackle Cody Sanfratello (now at Jacksonville State), offensive lineman Mike York, fullback Justin Wilcox, tight end Tyler Guy, running back Miles Bennett and linebacker Cody Durakovic.
YOUR NUMBER IS: There's a few new jersey numbers to report -- receiver Sterling Griffin joined the elite fraternity of single-number players at No. 2, along with safety JaQuez Jenkins (No. 3) and freshman cornerback Chris Bivins (No. 4).
Other newcomer numbers for your video-game rosters: Sean Price 12, D'Vario Montgomery 17, Mike Pierre 30, Jarvis McCall 31, Jalen Spencer 33, Tashon Whitehurst 41, Kameron Davis 68, Kofi Amichia 75, Daniel Perry 94 and Guito Ervilus 98.