Special-teams ace Sanchez won't play final season
Linebacker Armando Sanchez, who was USF's top special-teams tackler in 2009-10 and one of the Bulls' most decorated players academically, has decided not to play his final year of college football, having already graduated this past summer.
"He's got a degree in his hand. I'm indebted to him for what he did for our program, the attitude he had, the way that he worked," said Holtz, who said Sanchez already has a full-time job lined up and will be honored as a senior at the team's postseason banquet on Jan. 13. "I couldn't be happier for him. He's a great story because he did it the right way. I hate that he's not coming back. We'll miss his productivity on special teams. But I'm happy for him because he's moving on to another chapter in his life."
Sanchez, a St. Petersburg Northeast graduate, had 13 tackles in '09 and 20 in 2010, when he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in USF's win against Florida Atlantic. He had nine tackles this past season and missed the final five games with an ankle injury. Sanchez managed to graduate last summer with a degree in communications in just three years of college, impressive for any student, let alone a college football player.
Sanchez's decision not to play his final season opens up an additional scholarship for USF's incoming recruiting class. USF had already picked up three others recently from the departures of backup guard Tony Kibler and freshman defensive tackle Marquis White, and running back Darrell Scott's decision to enter the NFL Draft.