USF Bulls junior defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul checks with NFL panel for draft advice

TAMPA — USF junior defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has submitted his name to the NFL's advisory board for underclassmen to get a better idea of where he might be selected if he entered the draft, coach Jim Leavitt said Thursday.

Pierre-Paul, selected by Big East coaches as first team all-conference after a breakout first season, has been projected as a potential first-round pick by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper.

Pierre-Paul, 6 feet 6 and 265 pounds, led the Bulls with 14½ tackles and 5½ sacks in his first year of major college football. He had better numbers than two-time All-American George Selvie.

usf running back ARRESTED: Driving infractions have caught up with Mike Ford again. The junior running back was arrested on campus early Thursday and booked on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid license.

USF police said Ford was stopped at 12:24 a.m. for riding a moped on a campus sidewalk and did not have a driver's license with him. They had cited Ford in September for not having a license with him, and he was given a citation. This time he was arrested.

The arrest report said Ford was transported to jail "with no issues." He was released at 5:58 a.m. on $250 bond.

USF is in the middle of final exams for the fall semester.

"I'm disappointed he was driving his moped without a license," Leavitt said. "He should know better."

Ford, who rushed for a season-high 74 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss at Connecticut, has been in similar trouble before this year. He turned himself in to Sarasota police in 2007 on an outstanding warrant issued after he missed a court date for driving without a valid license or registration.

Ford, 23, has rushed for 243 yards and five touchdowns. With Mo Plancher having fumble problems, he could have a larger role in USF's next game, against Northern Illinois in the International Bowl on Jan. 2 in Toronto.

bulls in all-star games: Four USF seniors have committed to playing in postseason showcase games. Selvie, safety Nate Allen and cornerback Jerome Murphy will play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., and linebacker Kion Wilson is expected to play in the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando.

USF Bulls junior defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul checks with NFL panel for draft advice 12/10/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 10, 2009 10:21pm]

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