Ultimate Team in USF Football History: Tight end

Posted: May 16, 2016 in Football
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The tight end position has been an interesting position over the years for the Bulls. At times it was rarely used (only for blocking at times early in the program history) and at others, tight ends became the big time passing targets in the offense. Time to figure out who is the greatest of them all. Vote away. 

Marlon Pope – 6’4” 260 lbs. – Hattiesburg, MS (Hattiesburg HS) (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC)

Pope started 1 games in 2014 (9 overall). He had 1 catch for 10 yards in 2014.  In 2015, he played in 13 games (2 starts) and had 2 catches for 42 yards.

Tye Turner – 6’3” 255 lbs. – Hampton, GA (Griffin HS)

Turner started 1 game in 2015 (13 overall) but did not record any stats. In 2014 he played in 4 games and a catch for 10 yards. In 2013 he appeared in 3 games before missing the rest of the year due to a neck injury (had a redshirt in 2012). In 2011, he appeared in 2 games.

Sean Price – 6’3” 245 lbs. – Citra, FL (North Marion HS)

Price started 12 games in 2015 (13 overall) and had 19 receptions for 296 yards (15.6 yards per catch) and had 5 touchdowns. Price started 9 games in 2014 (12 games overall) and caught 14 passes for 207 yards. In 2013 he started 9 games (11 games overall) and caught 21 passes for 185 yards. In 2012 he started 3 games (11 games overall) and had 21 catches for 209 yards and a touchdown.

Mike McFarland – 6’5” 252 lbs. – Tampa, FL (Blake HS) (Florida)

In 2014, he started 10 games (12 games overall) and had 27 catches for 315 yards. In 2013, he started 6 games and had 23 catches for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns (only two years at USF after transferring from Florida).

Lawrence Martin – 6’3” 316 lbs. – Daytona Beach, FL (Seabreeze HS) (Merced College)

Martin started 1 game in 2013 at tight end, but did not record any stats. He started as an offensive lineman, moved to tight end as an extra blocker, and eventually moved to fullback to help blocks. It’s why his name has come up so often in his polls.

Guito Ervilus – Orlando, FL (Oakridge HS)

It was listed that Ervilus started 1 game in 2013, but did not record any stats. He later left the program.

Jake Carlton – 6’3” 240 lbs. – Bradenton, FL (Lakewood Ranch HS)

Carlton started 1 game (9 games overall in 2013) but did not record any stats (nor during the rest of his career). He appeared in 10 games in 2014, 10 games in 2012, 7 games in 2011 (mostly on special teams) and had a redshirt season in 2010.

Andreas Shields – 6’4” 248 lbs. – Tampa, FL (Wharton HS)

Shields started 6 games in 2012 (12 games overall) and caught 1 pass for 1 yard. In 2011, he started 6 games (12 overall) and had 11 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown. In 2010 he started 1 game (13 overall) and had 5 catches for 74 yards. He appeared in 7 games in 2009 (no stats or starts) and redshirted in 2008.

Evan Landi – 6’3” 236 lbs. – Coral Springs, FL (Coral Springs Charter HS)

Landi started 3 games in 2012 and caught 10 passes for 120 yards. In 2011, he started 9 games and had 29 grabs for 297 yards and a touchdown. Please note these numbers reflect his stats at the tight end position and not his time at the wide receiver position when the flexed him out to that position.

Kevin Gidrey – 6’2” 256 lbs. – Virginia Beach, VA (Kempsville HS) (ECU)

Gidrey started 11 games in 2010 (spent 3 years at ECU) and had 8 catches for 95 yards.

Ben Busbee – 6’3” 244 lbs. – Mobile, AL (McGill Toolen HS)

Busbee started 5 games in 2009 (13 games overall) and had 5 catches for 81 yards with 2 touchdowns. In 2008 he started 4 games (13 games) and had 7 catches for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 2007 he started 4 games (13 games) and had 3 grabs for 18 yards. In 2006 (10 games overall) and had 1 catch for 14 yards (redshirted in 2005).

Andrew Ketchel – 6’5” 246 lbs. – Shalimar, FL (Choctawhatchee HS)

Ketchel appeared in 13 games in 2010 and had a catch for 2 yards. In 2009 he started 2 games (13 games overall) and had 2 grabs for 42 yards. In 2008 he started 1 game (6 games) but did not record any stats. He played in 8 games in 2007 and took a redshirt in 2006.

Cedric Hill – 6’3” 244 lbs. – Valdosta, FL (Valdosta HS)

In 2008 he started 9 games (13 games overall) and had 16 catches for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 2007 he started 12 games (13 games) and had 23 catches for 264 yards and a touchdown. In 2006 he started 2 games (13 games overall) and had 11 catches for 177 yards. In 2005 he started 4 games (12 games) and had 10 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown. He had 60 grabs for 774 yards and 4 touchdowns in his career.

Trent Pupello – 6’2” 276 lbs. – Tampa, FL (Jefferson HS)

Pupello started 2 games in 2008 (10 games) and had 2 catches for 26 yards. He did not play in 2009.

Will Bleakley – 6’3” 240 lbs. – Crystal River, FL (Crystal HS)

In 2006 he started 10 games (13 games) and had 9 grabs for 100 yards. In 2005 he appeared in 13 games and had 1 catch for 13 yards. May Mr. Bleakley RIP (he died in a boating accident several years ago, far too young).

Amp Hill – 6’3” 205 lbs. – Jacksonville, FL (First Coast HS)

Hill started 2 games in 2006 (13 games overall) and had 19 catches for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns. He joined USF after spending 2004 at LSU. He left the team in 2007.

Devin Gordon (- 6’3” 240 lbs. – Hawthrone, FL (Hawthrone HS) (Missouri Valley College)

Gordon started 1 game in 2006 (13 games overall) and had 6 catches for 64 yards in his brief USF career.

Derek Carter – 6’4” 240 lbs. – Tampa, FL (Jesuit HS)

Carter started 7 games in 2005 (12 games overall) and had 4 catches for 24 yards and a touchdown. In 2004 he started 2 games (11 games) and had 1 catch for a yard. In 2003 he appeared in 2003 (no stats recorded) and had a redshirt in 2002.

Mike Ruegger – 6’2” 240 lbs. – Gainesville, FL (PK Yonge HS)

In 2004 he started 8 games (11 games overall) and had 6 catches for 70 yards. In 2003 he started a game but did not record any stats. In 2005 (12 games overall) and had 4 catches for 30 yards.

Mark Feldman – 6’4” 245 lbs. – Clearwater, FL (Clearwater Catholic HS)

Feldman started 8 games in 2003 but did record any stats. In 2002 he started 5 games (10 games) and caught 3 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown. In 2004 he appeared in 5 games and had 1 catch for 12 yards.

Casey Cobb – 6’4” 240 lbs. – Gulf Breeze, FL (Gulf Breeze HS)

In 2003 he appeared in 6 games and caught 3 passes for 60 yards. He did not starts any games in 2002 either. Cobb started 5 games in 2001 but did not record any stats. In 2000 he did not record any stats again.

Tim Jones – 6’3” 240 lbs. – Lakewood, FL (Kathleen HS)

Jones started 3 games (11 games overall) in 2001 and had 4 catches for 26 yards and 1 touchdown in his only year of production.

Charlie Jackson – 5’9” 165 lbs. – Miami, FL (Edison HS)

In 2000 he started 2 games (9 games) and had 24 catches for 407 yards with 1 touchdown. In 1998 (11 games, 1 start) and had 25 catches for 370 yards with 4 touchdowns. Please note that Jackson was listed at tight end, but was an extra wide receiver for the Bulls but had the label at WR.

Richard Guerrero – 6’2” 240 lbs. – Miami, FL (Braddock HS)

Guerrero started 4 games in 2000 (11 games overall) and had 14 catches for 139 yards with 1 touchdown. In 1999 he started 7 games (11 games overall) and had 6 catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Leon Mathews – 6’2” 190 lbs. – Sebring, FL (Sebring HS)

Mathews started 1 game in 2000 (8 games) and had 6 grabs for 53 yards. He was a wide receiver but was listed at the tight end position.

Trevor Hypolite – 6’2” 220 lbs. – Rockledge, FL (Rockledge HS) (Kentucky)

In 1998, Hypolite started 9 games (11 games overall) and had 12 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. In 1997 he started 2 games (11 games) and had 34 catches for 390 yards and a touchdown.

Wes Marshall – 6’4” 230 lbs. – Deland, FL (Deland HS)

In 1997 he played in 9 games and caught 6 passes for 33 yards and a touchdown. In 1998 he played in 11 games and caught a pass for 56 yards.  

*As always, if someone is missing, yell at me and that player will be added to the poll.

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