USF's Darius Tice granted extra year
Bulls senior RB Darius Tice, whose college career appeared to end when he fractured his right ankle in September against FSU, was granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA and will be eligible in 2017, the school confirmed.
One of the team's more popular players, Tice's return helps fortify a running back depth chart that took a substantial hit when three-time 1,000-yard rusher Marlon Mack announced in January he'd bypass his senior year and enter the NFL Draft.
Tice (193 career carries, 874 yards, five TDs) will join rising senior D'Ernest Johnson (1,000 career rushing, 756 career receiving yards), sophomore-to-be Trevon Sands (eight carries, 26 yards in '16) and 2016 redshirt Elijah Mack in the backfield derby.
Speaking of Mack, he and former Bulls WR Rodney Adams will represent USF at the NFL Scouting Combine, starting Feb. 28 in Indianapolis.
Mack will be part of Group Three (running backs, offensive linemen, special teams players), which participates from Feb. 28 to March 3. His on-field workout will be March 3.
Adams, who set Bulls’ records for season receptions (67) and yards (822) in 2016, will be a part of Group Four (wide receivers, quarterbacks, tight ends) and will participate from March 1-4. His on-field workout will be on March 4.
On-field workouts will be televised live on the NFL Network.