USF football has a familiar face back at workouts Monday, as safety Spencer Boyd, suspended at the end of last season then announced as being gone from the team in January, has convinced Skip Holtz to allow him back with the Bulls this spring.
It's not a permanent return yet, but Boyd, a rising sophomore who played sparingly in 2011, will have this spring to re-establish himself with coaches. He has remained on scholarship for the spring semester, but will pay his own way for classes this summer, with his scholarship status to be reviewed for the fall semester. He was suspended from USF's final three games last season for what Holtz called "in-house things."
Boyd, who forced a fumble on a kickoff return that was returned for a touchdown against Ball State, could help provide depth for the Bulls at safety behind projected starters Jon Lejiste and Mark Joyce and top backup JaQuez Jenkins. He came to USF in 2010 after a semester at Notre Dame, so as a second-time transfer, his opportunities would likely have been limited.
USF opens spring practice March 21, with spring games slated for April 14 and 21.