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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.

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"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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