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A look at Florida players who transferred to USF, and how they fared

Cornerback McArthur Burnett becomes the latest ex-Gator to try and re-boot his career as a Bull
USF running back Jordan Cronkrite (2), a University of Florida transfer, became the fifth Bulls player to record a 1,000-yard rushing season last fall. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
USF running back Jordan Cronkrite (2), a University of Florida transfer, became the fifth Bulls player to record a 1,000-yard rushing season last fall. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
Published Jan. 28, 2019|Updated Jan. 29, 2019

TAMPA ― If history is any indicator, new USF signee McArthur Burnett arrives in Tampa with the odds of flourishing in his favor.

Burnett, an all-state cornerback at Pahokee who spent two seasons at Florida before landing at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, becomes the latest ex-Gator who will attempt to re-boot his career in green and gold.

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His predecessors mostly have prospered. No fewer than five other former Gators ultimately landed in Tampa, and four of them shined for USF. Here’s a look at the other former “Bull Gators” (or is it “Gator Bulls?”). Players are listed with the years they played at USF in parentheses.

WR Elgin Hicks (2001-03)

At UF: Despite a dazzling career at Port Charlotte (124 catches for 3,000-plus yards and 50 touchdowns his final two years), Hicks never made a catch for the Gators, transferring as a redshirt freshman in September 2000.

At USF: 53 catches, 770 yards, seven TDs. All seven TDs occurred in 2003, tying for the second-most scoring catches in a season by a Bull.

TE Trent Pupello (2008)

At UF: Redshirted in 2006, played sparingly in ’07

At USF: A Jefferson High alumnus, Pupello was employed mostly as a run-blocker in an injury-besieged season, catching two passes for 26 yards. He stopped playing because of a neck injury suffered in a 2009 car accident.

CB/KR/PR Chris Dunkley

At UF: Redshirted in 2010, transferred to USF and sat out the ’11 season

At USF: Suspended in 2012 following his arrest on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, Dunkley was allowed to return as a walk-on by new coach Willie Taggart in 2013, and averaged 22.6 yards on 18 kick returns (with a 50-yard TD return vs. SMU). He switched from receiver to cornerback in ’14 and started 10 games, making a team-best five pass breakups. On special teams, he averaged 24 yards on 23 kick returns, earning first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors as a kick returner.

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TE Mike McFarland (2011-14)

At UF: The Blake High alumnus redshirted in 2010, transferred to USF in ’11 and was granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA, allowing him to play right away.

At USF: 55 catches, 643 yards, two TDs. One of the handful of bright spots on USF’s woeful 2013 team, McFarland earned second-team All-AAC honors that year, when 17 of his 23 catches went for a first down or TD.

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RB Jordan Cronkrite (2017-current)

At UF: 75 carries, 302 yards, four TDs in two seasons. Announced his transfer prior to Outback Bowl following ’16 season.

At USF: After sitting out the ’17 season per NCAA transfer guidelines, Cronkrite became only the fifth Bull to record a 1,000-yard season (184 carries, 1,121 yards, nine TDs). His 302-yard effort (on 23 carries) at UMass set school and AAC single-game records.

CB McArthur Burnett (Class of 2019)

At UF: Redshirted in 2016, played in six games (on special teams and as a backup DB) in ’17. Transferred to Coffeyville CC and had four interceptions (two returned for TDs) last season.

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