USF Bulls add TE McFarland as second Florida Gators transfer

USF coach Skip Holtz has made a late addition to his fall roster, announcing Friday that Mike McFarland, a tight end from Tampa's Blake High who spent last season redshirting at Florida, has transferred to USF and will start practicing with the team immediately.

USF said it is pursuing a hardship waiver (citing a family illness) that could allow McFarland to play this fall, rather than sit out the season as normally required for transfers from four-year schools to I-A programs. McFarland is the second transfer from Gainesville to Tampa, joining another freshman, receiver Chris Dunkley, who joined the Bulls this summer.

Much like Dunkley, McFarland was a coveted recruit out of high school -- Scout.com rated him as a four-star recruit and ranked him as the nation's No. 12 tight end; Rivals.com called him a three-star and No. 24 nationally at his position.

McFarland, 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, will wear No. 86 for the Bulls. If he can play this fall, it would help the Bulls at a thin position, as junior Jeff Hawkins was lost for the 2011 season when he tore his right ACL during voluntary workouts last month.

USF Bulls add TE McFarland as second Florida Gators transfer 08/05/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2011 5:26pm]

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