Tackle Savala will not play for Bulls in '09
Junior college left tackle Carlos Savala, signed in February as a potential starter, will not play for USF this fall because of academic issues.
Savala, currently taking classes at the College of the Desert in California, has a redshirt year available and could still join the Bulls in January with two years of eligibility. But he'll be missed a key position, as USF must replace four senior starters on the offensive line.
USF has lost six offensive linemen who were once expected to be part of the team this fall -- fellow signee Kamran Joyer was granted a release after academic issues put his admission in jeopardy, and returning reserves Mike McGowan, Danny Tolley and Joe Herzhauser have suffered career-ending injuries. Former FSU tackle Daron Rose, once expected to transfer to USF after finishing classes in community college, is also not expected to be with the team.
USF coach Jim Leavitt, speaking at a fan event in Clearwater on Sunday, outlined a potential starting line with Jake Sims at center, Zach Hermann at right guard, Sampson Genus at left guard, Mark Popek at right tackle and Jamar Bass at left tackle. Only Sims and Hermann have significant starting experience at USF.
Savala is also the sixth member of USF's signing class who will not be on campus this fall, joining Joyer, running back Adaris Bellamy, cornerback Kevin Williams, defensive tackle Khyri Thornton and safety Ivan Nicholas. Tight end Gerard Atkins should find out next week if he can join the team in time for fall drills, and junior college defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul still must finish summer classes to join the Bulls.