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CDS alumnus Mak Djulbegovic earns a scholarship

USF fifth-year senior Mak Djulbegovic, who ended the Bulls' preseason camp as the starting right tackle, is among three veteran walk-ons who have been awarded a scholarship by Coach Willie Taggart.

Junior LS Alex Salvato and senior DL Daniel Awoleke, both of whom hail from Lakeland, are the other recipients. Salvato started in 2014 and had no erroneous snaps. Awoleke.

A Carrollwood Day alumnus, Djulbegovic appeared in 10 games each of the last two seasons, starting two. He worked his way onto the first-team offensive line this past spring and has remained entrenched their since preseason drills began Aug. 6.

"He's done well," offensive line coach Danny Hope said recently. "I thought he did outstanding in the spring, and...when spring ended he was probably playing the best out of all our offensive linemen."

Salvato started in 2014 and had no erroneous snaps. Awoleke, who arrived at USF in 2013 as a defensive end, has added 35 pounds (to 285) to his 6-foot-5 frame, and currently is listed as a second-team defensive tackle.

Additionally, Taggart announced Saturday evening via Twitter that TE Sean Price, DE Eric Lee and P Mattias Ciabatti will serve as team captains.

Price, who has 56 career receptions, is on the preseason watch list for the Mackey Award, presented to the nation's top tight end.

Ciabatti, a Hillsborough High alumnus, led the American Athletic Conference in punting average (44.4), punts downed inside the 20 (22) and punts of 50 or more yards (16) last season. Lee started all 12 games last year, recording 28 tackles including six for loss.

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