USF puts 8 on Big East academic football team
First, the positive spin: USF has placed eight football players on the Big East All-Academic Football Team, which recognizes athletes who maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average, earn a letter and have completed at least two semesters of classes. Congrats to safety Nate Allen, receiver Marcus Edwards, punter Delbert Alvarado, offensive lineman Jake Sims, long snapper Eric Setser, and reserves Patrick Richardson, Mike Padilla and Ken Luberice.
Now, the rest: The eight players on the team represents the lowest total of the Big East's eight football programs. The only other team with less than 11 was Connecticut, with 9 players honored. Syracuse led the way with 16, followed by Pittsburgh, Rutgers and West Virginia with 13 each, Cincinnati with 12 and Louisville with 11.
The eight is actually up from seven last year, and is USF's highest total in four seasons in the Big East. It's worth noting that Edwards made the team for the fourth year in a row, and Setser made it for the third straight season. Alvarado and Sims are also repeat selections from last season, and Padilla was honored in 2006.
Since this is the official blog of all things walk-on (by the way, open tryouts started Thursday), I should mention that fully half of the eight Bulls recognized are current or former walk-ons in Sims and Setser (who had since earned scholarships) and Padilla and Luberice.