Time runs out for USF special-teamer Perkins
USF senior Cameron Perkins, the former walk-on and special-teams standout who was placed on scholarship this fall, will not be able to play for the Bulls this fall because his five-year window of NCAA eligibility ended after this past season.
Perkins said he was notified by USF's compliance office Thursday, just two days before the Bulls open their season at home against Wofford. Perkins started his college career at Highland Community College in Kansas in 2004, and while he did not play from 2005-07, a player's eligibility is limited to a five-year window once he begins taking full-time college classes, so last season ended his college career.
"I ran out of time," said Perkins, a reserve cornerback who had six tackles last year and was expected to contribute again on special teams this fall. "It's a little frustrating, but I'm not blaming anyone at all."
Perkins, from Pensacola's Woodham High School, said he graduated from USF this spring with a degree in criminology. His most memorable contribution last season was blocking a punt in last year's opener against Tennessee-Martin that Theo Wilson recovered and returned for a touchdown.
We first told Perkins' story back in 2007, how walk-on running back Shawn Cannon, who played with Perkins at Highland, told USF coach Jim Leavitt that his cousin had dreamed of playing major college football. Leavitt agreed to give Perkins a tryout, and he was timed at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash and earned a spot on the team that fall.