Reserve fullback Griffiths will transfer, Holtz says
Sophomore Chase Griffiths, who switched from linebacker to fullback a year ago and played in only one game last season, has decided not to return to USF's football program and will transfer, coach Skip Holtz said Tuesday.
"You feel like you lost one of your flock," Holtz said. "Every young man you have, you want to put him in a role and give him a chance to be successful. We moved from linebacker to give him more of a role at the fullback position, which his heart just really isn't into, which I totally respect. He wants to play the linebacker position. I just don't see it happening here."
Griffiths, who came to USF in 2009 from North Florida Christian in Tallahassee, will have three years of eligibility at the I-AA level, or would have two years at another I-A school after sitting out this season. He moved to fullback last April and was limited by injuries this spring, but USF had a walk-on, Chris Breit, listed ahead of him as the top backup to Armando Sanchez at fullback on the post-spring depth chart.
"I wish him the best of luck. It was a very positive meeting, with smiles on our face," Holtz said. "(He said) 'Coach, I hate that I'm leaving. It's coming around. It's coming together. I'm excited about what this team is going to do. Just in his own heart, his heart wasn't in it. I can totally understand. He's played the linebacker position, he'd never played offense. Great young man and I certainly wish him the best."
USF had only eight scholarship players that didn't redshirt and did not earn a letter last season, and two of them have opted to transfer this spring in Griffiths and receiver T.J. Knowles. Holtz said he was not currently aware of other reserve players opting to transfer, but said that could change as the spring semester wraps up in upcoming weeks.
Griffiths' younger brother, Dallas, is a top linebacker recruit at NFC who visited USF on the Bulls' junior day this spring and has a solid list of offers from other BCS programs.