USF fall roster is out! Jersey number changes!
Even mockingly, I believe that is a blog record for exclamation points in a single headline. USF's fall roster was released Wednesday night -- just in time for the first practice Thursday afternoon -- and as our loyal readers know, we are the blog of record for detailing jersey-number updates for our video-game junkies who want as accurate a simulated Bulls team as possible.
(The roster hasn't been posted online yet, but I'm sure it will relatively soon. For now, I have to narrate.)
So there are some big changes, as there are every year as coveted numbers come available when players graduate. The three biggest changes? Ryne Giddins, who had shared the No. 7 with quarterback B.J. Daniels, has moved out to a more pass-rusherish No. 97. Running back Darrell Scott, who took No. 20 during his redshirt year, has jumped on Mo Plancher's No. 3 (he wore No. 2 at Colorado). And perhaps most notably, speedy Terrence Mitchell has dropped his No. 14 in favor of a special number for USF football, No. 10, which no player has worn full-time since running back Keeley Dorsey died during an off-season conditioning workout in January 2007.
There are a few other changes -- Reshard Cliett, who had worn No. 37 while redshirting, takes Mistral Raymond's No. 16; Marcus Shaw, who wore No. 32 a as a true freshman, takes the No. 20 that Scott had discarded; and cornerback Spencer Boyd and walk-on "Saki"Mihalakos switched jerseys, with Boyd taking No. 31 and Mihalakos taking No. 33.
It's also worth noting that the trademark double-numbering, a confounding staple of the Jim Leavitt years, is nearly gone, with no sharing of any the coveted single digits. (The NCAA allows two players to share the same number, so long as they're never on the field together.) The best double-numbering now is Jeremiah Warren and Mike Lanaris sharing No. 55; of six other shared numbers, the only ones featuring two scholarship players are A.J. Love and Matt Floyd at No. 11 and Bobby Eveld and Curtis Weatherspoon at No. 13. (If Floyd dresses, he'll have to wear another number or USF can't use Love when he's on the field.) Along the same lines, it's easy to imagine Bradley Battles and walk-on Ernie Tabuteau (both wear No. 24) getting on the same special-teams units.
Bulls fans who have been excited about this year's freshman class finally have numbers to picture the future stars wearing -- Skip Holtz is protective of those popular low numbers, so the lowest number is Kenneth Durden's No. 19. Star receiver Andre Davis will wear No. 81, defensive tackle Elkino Watson has curiously chosen No. 53. The rest of the newcomers, briefly? Garye 29, Davis 32, Hamilton 42, Bullock 51, Nelson 56, Caprice 58, Gudmundsson 61, Simon 63, Jozwiak 64, Lang 67, Williams 76, Dunkley 82, Gonzalez 85, White 94.
-- A few more observations: If you weren't convinced Jake Kaufman's back is a serious concern, he's not listed on the roster at all; tight end Jeff Hawkins, who will miss the season with a torn ACL, is on there. ... Of the 16 walk-ons who weren't on the fall 2010 roster and joined the team this spring, only five made the cut for Vero Beach: cornerbacks Ernie Tabuteau and Patrice Pierre, fullback Justin Wilcox, defensive end Rony Delisca (who made the team in 2009) and linebacker Kalin Hall. ... We'll come back with the Jenny Craig analysis of weights (and heights) on Thursday. ... USF's backup long-snappers from spring, Corey Schomp and Archibald Ryan, aren't on the 105-man roster for Vero Beach, but if I remember right, Holtz said last year he doesn't want to use up a roster spot on a backup snapper, so don't be surprised if one of those two is among the 10 players added to the roster once fall classes start.