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Former Bulls QB Chris Oladokun transferring to Samford

The Sickles High alumnus has a solid Tampa connection at the Birmingham, Ala., school
OCTAVIO JONES | Times South Florida Bulls quarterback Chris Oladokun (10) gives the bulls sign while singing the school song after beating the Elon Phoenix at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, September 1, 2018.
Published Jan. 13

Two weeks after announcing his decision to transfer from USF, third-year sophomore QB Chris Oladokun has announced via Twitter he'll resume his career at Division I-AA Samford in Birmingham, Ala.

Oladokun will be reunited with Bulldogs running backs coach C.J. Bennett, a former Guy Toph Award winner at Alonso. Oladokun, a Sickles High graduate who began his prep career at Alonso, has been mentored privately for roughly a decade by Bennett's dad Chip, and fellow bay area quarterbacks coach John Kaleo.

"I loved the coaches, the city and the family environment that Coach (Chris) Hatcher has created there," said Oladokun, who visited Samford this weekend. "Plus, the connection I have with Coach (C.J.) Bennett with him being from Tampa really made me feel comfortable."

Oladokun attempted only one pass his first two years in the program, when Quinton Flowers still was directing the offense. He waged a tight duel with fourth-year junior Brett Kean for the starting job last spring, but was beaten out by graduate transfer Blake Barnett, who arrived in May.

Oladokun started three of USF's last four games when Barnett was hampered by various injuries, but never got a chance to go the distance in any of those starts. For the year, he completed 50 percent of his passes (22-for-44) for 285 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Samford, which finished 6-5 last season, must replace I-AA all-time passing leader Devlin Hodges, whose 14,584 career yards eclipsed Steve McNair's 24-year-old record.