Spring practice report: Robbins, Awoleke back with Bulls
Veteran Bulls CB Lamar Robbins, among two Bulls charged with firing a gun on campus last fall hours after a home victory against Syracuse, has been reinstated.
"He's back on the team," Coach Willie Taggart said after Saturday's practice, where Robbins had an interception.
"He's just like all the other guys. He handled his business, took care of his consequences and now we're moving on and getting better and learning from our mistakes."
The other player involved in the Oct. 11 incident, backup OL Benjamin Knox, reportedly has transferred to Independence (Kan.) Community College.
In addition to the gun-related charge (a second-degree felony), Robbins also was charged with false information to a law-enforcement officer (first-degree misdemeanor) in the wake of the incident. According to an arrest report, a witness on campus saw Robbins "raise (his) hand in the air, and then (the witness) immediately heard gunshots."
The school indicated Saturday that criminal charges against Robbins ultimately were dropped. He went last fall before USF's Student Rights and Responsibilities Board, which took no action against him. He didn't play the remainder of the 2015 season, but wasn't suspended from school and missed no class time.
SIXTH YEAR FOR AWOLEKE: Former walk-on DE Daniel Awoleke, awarded a scholarship last fall in what was presumed his final season, has been granted a sixth year of eligiblity by the NCAA, Taggart confirmed. Awoleke, who got no game action in 2013 or '14, made his spring practice debut Saturday.
"He filled out a waiver with the NCAA and he found out (Friday) that he can come back, and it's great news for all of us. We're really excited," Taggart said.
"I know he was excited, but it was great to see how excited his teammates were, knowing that they're gonna have another year with him around here, running around on special teams and hitting people really hard, and then helping out on the defensive line."
Awoleke, who graduates in May, won the Bulls' Special Teams MVP award last season. He appeared in all 13 games, recording 21 tackles (four for loss) and two sacks.
INJURY UPDATE: CB Johnny Ward had a protective boot on his injured right foot Saturday and didn't practice. ... WR Stanley Clerveaux (knee) participated in Saturday's practice, in which the Bulls wore helmets, shorts and shoulder pads. ... Among those rehabbing on the side for much of the workout were DE Josh Black (foot), WR Ryeshene Bronson (lower body), DE Mike Love (foot) and S Hassan Childs (knee).
ODDS AND ENDS: Senior S Nate Godwin and sophomore Khalid McGee appear the top candidates for the "striker" (formerly known as "husky") position vacated by Jamie Byrd. ... QB Quinton Flowers found redshirt freshman TE Mitchell Wilcox for a 25-yard TD on the first play of a seven-on-seven period. ... During 11-on-11 work, redshirt freshman QB Brett Kean rolled right, got a textbook downfield block from WR Jordan Reed, and scrambled for a 25-yard TD. ... Among the visitors at Saturday's practice were Riverview DT Javon Livingston, Daytona Beach Mainland QB Denzel Houston, Armwood S Mekhi LaPointe, Ocala Trinity Catholic OL Matt Nelson, and Dixie Hollins two-way standout Louis Cotto.
AUDIBLE: "I hear you guys talk a lot about the battle between Quinton Flowers and Asiantii (Woulard). It's really not a battle. Quinton Flowers has the job. He showed us what he can do. The battle is out of Asiantii and Brett Kean. Those guys can't compete against Quinton until one of them becomes a No. 2, and they're both fighting for it right now and they're both doing some really good things for us."