Monday, December 18, 2017
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USF Bulls seniors try to improve draft stock on annual Pro Day

TAMPA — USF's annual Pro Day for NFL draft hopefuls drew a wide range of NFL personnel, including Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and with running back Darrell Scott as the only Bulls player invited to the league's combine workouts, this was the day USF's seniors had been waiting for.

Among those working out at USF's track facility were cornerback Quenton Washington, safety Jerrell Young of Gibbs, guard Jeremiah Warren and center Chaz Hine of Newsome, all trying to work their way into the draft. Scott has been projected as a mid- to low-round pick, and after being limited by a quad injury at the combine, he was able to run Tuesday, though official times were not released by USF.

"My main thing was just to have fun. Don't be so tense," Scott said on USF's official site. "When you're tense, you get slower times. I just wanted to come out and have fun."

GAINERS, LOSERS: With the unveiling of the USF spring football roster, it's always interesting to note which players have added — or dropped — the most weight since the last measurements.

Comparing the new weights to those listed in the game notes last fall, the biggest gainers appear to be freshman walk-on offensive lineman Mak Djulbegovic (adding 25 pounds to 282), just ahead of junior guard John McGhin, who added 22 and is now the biggest lineman on roster at 343. Freshman tackle Darrell Williams, who was listed at a svelte 265, added 20, and walk-on defensive lineman Cody Sanfratello added 20 to 265.

Two of the biggest returning Bulls dropped a significant amount of weight: 6-foot-9 Jake Kaufman, who has battled back problems, helped himself out by dropping 29 pounds to 333, and freshman walk-on Mike York dropped 23 to 334.

WISHING HIM WELL: Freshman offensive lineman David "Boo" Simon, who returned home to Alabama last month after suffering unexplained seizures, will not be returning to the team, coach Skip Holtz said. Simon is hoping to finish the spring semester online from home and can address his football future once doctors are able to learn more about the seizures and how to control them.

TRANSACTIONS: Walk-on Ryan Eppes of Largo, a backup quarterback for the past three seasons, has moved to linebacker, where he'll be better suited to help the Bulls on special teams. … Walk-on defensive back Brandon Salinas, who had two tackles in five games last season, opted not to return to the team. … The Bulls made one roster addition in freshman walk-on running back Miles Bennett, who led Tampa Jesuit in rushing in 2010 and originally signed with Army last year. Bennett placed seventh in the state in the 200 meters in 2010.

PEP RALLY TODAY: USF will celebrate its men's basketball team's NCAA Tournament run with a pep rally today on campus, at the Marshall Center amphitheatre from noon to 12:30 p.m. Coach Stan Heath, athletic director Doug Woolard and players will be in attendance to be recognized for their tournament wins against California and Temple in USF's first NCAA appearance in 20 years.

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