BY GREG AUMAN
Times Staff Writer
TAMPA —- Former USF quarterback Matt Grothe will begin his pro career with the UFL's Florida Tuskers, who announced his signing on Friday for their second season.
"Matt Grothe is a tough kid, a great leader and a winner," Tuskers coach Jay Gruden said in a statement. "He led the Bulls to many huge wins over nationally ranked teams and certainly deserves a ton of credit for helping build that program into a nationally ranked power. I certainly look forward to working with him in 2010."
Grothe, the Big East's career leader in total offense, missed most of his senior year with a knee injury suffered in September, but recovered after a long rehabilitation. Grothe was invited to the Bucs' rookie minicamp but was not offered a contract; he also considered playing in the CFL before choosing the Tuskers, who play their home games at the Citrus Bowl.
RECRUITING: Running back Tiger Powell of Lake City, who signed with USF in February, started classes this week at Jones County Community College in Mississippi. He hopes to complete his work there and join the Bulls in January 2012 with two years of eligibility.