QB Daniels among Bulls' spring graduates
Senior quarterback B.J. Daniels and four other returning football players are among the student-athletes who will receive their undergraduate degrees at USF's spring commencement ceremonies, held at the newly renovated Sun Dome this weekend.
Daniels will graduate in four years with a degree in criminology, and he's joined by left tackle Mark Popek (criminology), kicker Maikon Bonani (graduating cum laude in physical education, exercise science), backup offensive guard Damien Edwards (communication) and backup cornerback George Baker (interdisciplinary social sciences).
Other notables among the 60-plus USF athletes graduating this weekend:
-- Ron Anderson (ISS -- economics and sociology), a senior starter on USF's men's basketball team, which reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years;
-- women's basketball players Andrell Smith and Andrea Smith (both in relational communication), twin sisters who will be seniors next season, as well as backup forward Daleisha Carn (criminology) and former Bulls player Leondra Doomes-Stephens (criminology).
-- six current seniors on USF's baseball team: Andrew Barbosa, Matt Reed and Adrian Puig (all in communications), Derrick Stultz (ISS), Todd Brazeal (criminology) and Luis Llerena (business management); also former Bulls reliever Doug Wagner (biomedical sciences).
-- five softball seniors: Janine Richardson (ISS -- social work and psychology), Laura Fountain (biomedical sciences), Alexis Nowell (business administration), Gina Kafalas (accounting) and Brittany Bowles (communications).
-- women's track standout Shaniel Chambers, who graduated summa cum laude in criminology, golf senior Kelli Pry, who graduated cum laude in biomedical sciences, and three-year women's soccer starter Gina Pacheco (health sciences).
-- former football players Ben Busbee (ISS -- economics and public administration), Josh Garvin (history) and walk-on Rony Delisca (ISS -- criminology and gerentology).