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Most of USF’s 2018 signing class preserve redshirts

Only 10 of the Bulls' 16 signees from last winter exhausted a year of eligibility in 2018
USF running back Johnny Ford (20) scores a touchdown during the third quarter of the Bulls' 38-10 loss Friday to UCF.  [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
USF running back Johnny Ford (20) scores a touchdown during the third quarter of the Bulls' 38-10 loss Friday to UCF. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Nov. 26, 2018

Thanks to the NCAA's relaxed redshirt guidelines implemented this year, only 10 of the Bulls' 26 signees from last winter exhausted a year of eligibility this season.

The new rule allows a player to appear in up to four games a season without burning his redshirt year. Entering USF's bowl game, 16 freshmen have appeared in three or fewer games. That number includes KR Terrence Horne, lost for the year after three games with a torn ACL.

As for the rest of the roster, only one prominent player — sophomore DB Naytron Culpepper — is on the redshirt bubble. After missing the season's first seven contests, Culpepper has appeared in four of the last five games. If he plays in the bowl contest, he's not eligible to redshirt.

Here are the 10 freshmen who have played in more than four games (with number of games played in parentheses):

DT Tyrone Barber (10)
LB Dwayne Boyles (11)
C Brad Cecil (10)
CB Vincent Davis (12)
RB Johnny Ford (10)
LB Tony Grier (11)
OT Donovan Jennings (11)
WR Zion Roland (7)
P Trent Schneider (12)
DE Rashawn Yates (7)