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October 24, 2013
Top all time Bulls - 15-11
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We continue with our countdown of the 25 all-time greatest USF football players - with numbers 15-11.
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15. Linebacker Ben Moffitt (2004-2007)
Moffitt took over in 2005 and made 43 starts, anchoring the center of the USF defense. He made 335 tackles during his time, 2nd all time in program history, 41 for a loss. He had 4 interceptions in 2007 when he was named 1st team All Big East. One of those interceptions (2 in the game) came against 5th ranked WVU, an interception taken back for a touchdown that nearly shook Raymond James to the foundation (greatest game I've ever attended). He will forever be remembered for that night and his entire career, making the USF defense one of the best around.
14. Linebacker Stephen Nicholas (2003-2006)
Nicholas got a medical redshirt in 2005 and took over at outside linebacker the following year, never looking back. He gain All Freshman 1st team honors in 2003 when he had 46 tackles and 5.5 sacks that season. Nicholas finished his career with 326 tackles and 20 sacks and was named 1st team All Big East in 2006, his senior season, after he decided to return for one more year. He was later drafted in the 4th round by the Atlanta Falcons where he still calls home. 2007 was the big year for USF and Nicholas just missed out on being part of it, but his place in USF history isn't going anywhere.
13. Cornerback Trae Williams (2003-2007)
The 5'10" 193 lb. defensive back out of Plant City, FL became one of the best defensive backs in program history. After a redshirt in 2003, he made 8 starts at corner, totaling 22 tackles and intercepted one pass that he took for a touchdown. He also returned 9 tacks for 197 yards, displaying Williams' speed. In 2005, Williams made 11 starts (missed his 12th start by allowing D'Juan Brown to make the start on senior night) and totaled 39 tackles and made 2 interceptions and also played on special teams. 2006 was a huge year for Williams as he intercepted 7 passes, tying JR Reed for most all time in a season in program history and led the Big East. He also had 9 PBUs and 49 tackles. One of his interceptions helped seal the big win over WVU that year. In 2007, he was named 2nd team All Big East as he intercepted 6 more passes, returning 3 for touchdowns. He also defended 17 passes that year and made 50 tackles, making it to the quarter finalist round for the Thorpe Award. He totaled 16 interceptions during his career, making a living in zone coverage and reading routes all over the field. He was a great talent that got better every year he suited up for USF.
12. Wide receiver DeAndrew Rubin (1999-2002)
DeAndrew Rubin was one of the best receivers in program history and simply could do it all for the Bulls. Rubin was lined up in the slot and was used as a deep threat all throughout his career, showing his versatility. He finished his career with 91 receptions and 1306 yards. His 14 career touchdown catches and 7 touchdowns in one year are still program records. What makes Rubin even more impressive are his special team numbers. During his career, he totaled 1049 yards in punt returns and 1534 yards in kick returns, recording 5 special team return touchdowns during his career. Rubin was one of the most dangerous weapons in USF history.
11. Offensive tackle Kenyatta Jones (1997-2000)
It is not often an offensive lineman gets praise for their work, but for Kenyatta Jones, he deserves a lot of praise for his USF career. He was named starter in 1997 as a true freshman and started 41 out of 44 games at the left side of the offensive line, protecting quarterbacks Chad Barnhardt and Marquel Blackwell during his time. Jones was a powerful left tackle that anchored a line that became strong in the run game and helped protect the quarterbacks blind sides. He was drafted in 2001 in the 4th round by the New England Patriots, the first Bull ever drafted by the NFL. Jones is one of the greatest linemen that have ever suited up.
Coming up Friday - we'll look at the 10-6 and count down the top five up until Saturday's homecoming game.
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