The University of South Florida football program spent Saturday night at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Tampa, honoring the team, and especially its 19 seniors, on another successful season. The Bulls finished 2010 with an 8-5 record and a victory in the Meineke Car Care Bowl over Clemson.
The eight wins extended USF’s streak of eight-win season to five, making them one of only 15 programs nationally that has accomplished the feat and one of only 10 teams that plays in BCS leagues. In addition, with its third consecutive bowl victory, USF is one of only four programs nationally that has won three straight bowl games.
The evening started with extended highlights of the season and an opening address form Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard. Then, coach Holtz recognized the University’s administration and a host of others that play a crucial role in helping the football program, from athletic department officials to the parents of the players.
From there, Holtz and the Bulls announced a list of accomplishments from the 2010 Bulls, both in athletics and academics. Holtz recognized 53 players that earned at least a 2.5 GPA, including 29 who earned from a 2.5-2.9 GPA, 17 with a 3.0-3.5 GPA and seven with a 3.5 GPA and higher. To cap the athletic awards, Assistant A.D. for Student Services Jason Linders announced USF’s Scholar-Athlete Award, which went to Armando Sanchez.
Other awards announced on the night were the offense’s Iron Bull, which went to wide receiver Dontavia Bogan, the defense’s Iron Bull, which was earned by linebacker Jacquian Williams and strength and conditioning’s Golden Bull, which was awarded to center Sampson Genus.
Coach Holtz also announced the members of the Victors Club, which is awarded to those players that graded out as ‘winners’ in at least eight games during the season. A complete list of the Victor’s Club is below.
The evening was capped with the recognition of the senior class. This group won 33 games over the last four years, which is the second-highest win total in school history. They played in four bowl games, claiming victories in the St. Petersburg Bowl, the International Bowl and the Meineke Car Care Bowl. They won 17 of 25 games at Raymond James Stadium and went 7-2 against teams from the state of Florida.
This year, they helped USF win at Cincinnati and at Louisville for the first time in school history. They beat Rutgers here in Tampa for the first time in school history and scored a victory over Miami for the first time in school history.
It was a successful year to start the Skip Holtz Era and the night was a fitting conclusion to the 2010 USF Bulls’ football season.
COMPLETE LIST OF AWARDS
Golden Bull (Strength & Conditioning)
Jim and Laurie Ragsdale Offensive Awards
Scout Team Award: Armando Sanchez
Crunch Award: Moise Plancher
Effort Award: Demetris Murray
Iron Bull Award: Dontavia Bogan
Scout Team Award: Austin Reiter
Crunch Award: Jon Lejiste
Effort Award: JaQuez Jenkins
Iron Bull Award: Jacquian Williams
Special Teams Awards
Scout Team Award: Reshard Cliett
Crunch Award: Andreas Shields
Effort Award: Richard Kelly
Iron Bull Award: Armando Sanchez