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October 23, 2013

Top 25 - Numbers 16-20

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We continue with our countdown of the 25 all-time greatest USF football players - with numbers 20-16.

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20. Defensive end Terrence Royal (2002-2005)

Royal became one of the under the radar players for the program that left a legacy in the record books. He made 37 career starts, totaling 157 tackles, including 47.5 TFL (4th all time) and 19.5 sacks (3rd all time). His best season was his last in 2005 when he totaled 46 tackles and 10 sacks, 3 of which came against NC State in the program's first bowl game. He was named 2nd team All Big East that year. Royal was a strong, quick defensive end that is often forgotten about due to bigger names like George Selvie, but the numbers stand for themselves.

19. Wide receiver Hugh Smith (1999-2002)

Smith is one of the players that won't be mentioned too much but is one of the best to ever suit up for the Bulls. He holds records for most receptions in a season (62) and for a career (133) during a when the Bulls were more of a run-oriented offense. His 1523 yards receiving during his career marks him second all time in the record books and needs to be marked considering he didn't get going until his junior year for the Bulls.

18.Running back Rafael Williams (1997-2000)

One of the best backs that few remember is Rafael Williams. While McMillan had the first 1000 yard season, Williams proved to be one of the more consistent backs in program history. He carried the ball a total of 463 times for 2253 yards, second all time in a career for a running back behind Andre Hall. He also added 18 rushing touchdowns in his time in Tampa, working hard every game and giving the Bulls a consistent threat on the ground every week.

17. Wide receiver Carlton Mitchell (2006-2009)

Mitchell is one of the greatest and fastest Bulls in program history. After a redshirt in 2006, he caught 37 passes for 537 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2007. He caught 28 balls for 405 yards and a score in 2008, saving the best for last in 2009. In 2009 he caught 40 balls for 706 yards (best in a season for the Bulls) and 4 touchdowns. His 1648 yards receiving makes him the most productive wide receiver in program history, all thanks to his incredible speed that allowed him to burn defensive backs and rack up the big yards.

16. Quarterback Chad Barnhardt (1997-1998)

Chad Barnhardt may not be a household name for many, but he was our first quarterback that got things going. He transferred from South Carolina just as USF was starting and quickly became a maintain in the offense. He completed the program's first pass, first touchdown, first 300 yard passing game and other various records during his time in Tampa. He passed for 4138 yards in his two years including 27 touchdowns. In 1998, he had an efficiency rating of 156.1, the best still in program history. Barnhardt's numbers could have been higher, but the offense was a run heavy scheme at that time. He was the first and put USF on the college football map.



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