QB Voss to 'take a step back from football'
Redshirt freshman Alton Voss, who was entering spring drills as USF's No. 3 quarterback but facing competition from two incoming freshmen, will not be part of the football team this fall, saying he had lost his desire to play the game during his redshirt year.
"I'm going to take a step back from football," said Voss, a standout at Gulf High in New Port Richey. "I'm not talking about transferring, just taking a year of school as a regular student. If my desire to play comes back, Coach (Jim) Leavitt said I could come back."
USF has two veteran quarterbacks in junior Matt Grothe and senior Grant Gregory, and with highly touted freshman B.J. Daniels joining the team this fall, Voss didn't have an immediate path to significant playing time. He played in USF's spring game, completing 2 of 3 passes for 29 yards and scrambling for a 15-yard gain, but said he had been thinking of not playing "for a good while."
"I just wasn't happy with myself," Voss said. "I want to feel better when the day's over. I'm just going to go to school, but I may want to come back someday."
Voss said Leavitt has kept the door open for a return, and mentioned the possibility of playing tight end, allowing him to play another position without the tough transition to playing defense. If Voss sits out the 2008 season, he would still have three years of eligibility remaining in his college career.