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USF’s Kevaughn Dingle suspended; Sanchez, Nadelman honored

USF receiver Kevaughn Dingle, arrested on a sexual battery charge Friday, remains with the team.
USF linebacker Auggie Sanchez became the program's career tackles leader in Thursday's 27-20 home victory against Tulsa. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
USF linebacker Auggie Sanchez became the program's career tackles leader in Thursday's 27-20 home victory against Tulsa. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Published Nov. 20, 2017|Updated Nov. 20, 2017

USF freshman WR Kevaughn Dingle, arrested Friday on a felony sexual battery charge, remains on the team but has been suspended, coach Charlie Strong said Monday.

"Right now he's suspended, 'til we get all the details and see exactly what happens," Strong said on the American Athletic Conference weekly coaches teleconference.

Strong said he hasn't spoken with Dingle.

The alleged incident occurred Thursday at noon on campus between Dingle and an acquaintance, a USF Police Department release said. Dingle, being redshirted this season, was released on a $7,500 surety bond Saturday night, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office records.

He's the second Bulls player to be arrested on sexual battery charges in six months. In May, former DE LaDarrius Jackson was arrested twice in 10 days on charges of forcing two women to have sex. Jackson was dismissed from the team.

SANCHEZ, NADELMAN HONORED: Bulls senior MLB Auggie Sanchez, who became the program's career tackles leader in Thursday night's 27-20 victory against Tulsa, was named AAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Senior PK Emilio Nadelman won the special teams honor for the second consecutive week.

Sanchez matched his career high with 14 tackles, including three for loss. He currently has 378 career tackles, third on the conference's all-time list.

Nadelman set USF's single-season field goals record with his 19th and 20th of the season — from 41 and 48 yards — against Tulsa. He added two PATs and leads the AAC in scoring (10.3 ppg).

IMMORTALITY IN SIGHT: Senior QB Quinton Flowers, who seemingly enters every game these days on the cusp of a school record, has two major ones within reach when the Bulls play Friday at UCF.

Flowers needs only 96 yards to break Matt Grothe's school career total yardage record (10,875). With 146 rushing yards, he'll eclipse former teammate Marlon Mack's all-time rushing yardage mark (3,609).

Flowers' highest single-game rushing total this year was his 138-yard effort (on 13 carries) at Tulane.

"I'm not sure how tough it's gonna be (to stop him), UCF DT Jamiyus Pittman said Monday. "We're all just gonna go out here and stay in our rush lanes and see if we can contain him."

Will he be the best quarterback UCF has faced this year? "Running, yeah," Pittman said. "Easily."


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