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USF looking into sixth year for RB Plancher

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USF is looking into petitioning the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility for senior Mo Plancher, who leads Bulls running backs with 570 rushing yards this season.

"He could have another year. We don't know," coach Jim Leavitt said Saturday. "(A petition) could very well be in the works."

To qualify for a sixth year, a player must show two seasons in which he qualified for a medical redshirt. Plancher has one from 2006, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener. USF would have to find documentation for an injury in 2005, when Plancher redshirted his first year on campus.

Plancher, who graduated Saturday with a degree in interdisciplinary social sciences, practiced with the team on Friday, a day in which Leavitt had given his seniors the day off from drills.

USF was able to get a sixth year this spring for quarterback Grant Gregory, who used his final year of eligibility at Kansas State. If Plancher were granted a sixth year, the Bulls would have all of their running backs back for the 2010 season.

CHANGES: Leavitt said starter B.J. Daniels is now the only player working at quarterback -- backup Evan Landi is working full-time at receiver, as is true freshman Victor Marc, who had already worked at safety before switching to quarterback during the season. Freshman walk-on Ryan Eppes is now working as a free safety, Leavitt said.

USF is expected to sign two quarterbacks in its next recruiting class, with Bradenton's Brion Carnes already committed to play for the Bulls.

Three walk-ons -- punter Ilia Petrov, linebacker LaDre Watkins and defensive back Lonnie Oxendine -- are no longer with the team. Petrov hadn't played since the 2006 season, and Watkins played sparingly with two special-teams tackles in two games this year. Watkins, a redshirt freshman from Wharton, is expected to transfer to a I-AA school, Leavitt said, while Oxendine wanted to focus on his classes as an architecture major.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:43pm]

    

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