Bulls' Garris won't be playing this fall

By Times staff writer, Times wires
Published March 24, 2005

South Florida receiver J.B. Garris, an East Bay graduate, is not enrolled in classes this spring and won't play for the Bulls this fall due to academic problems.

Garris, who caught eight passes for 129 yards as a redshirt freshman last fall, still has a chance to improve his grades and return to the team for the 2006 season, coach Jim Leavitt said. He also is recovering from a December surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

"He'll probably be a guy who won't be with us this year but will be back with us again when his grades are in order," Leavitt said.

Including Garris, eight of the 13 underclassmen receivers from USF's fall roster are now out of the program. The Bulls added receiver/tight end Cedric Hill in January and four walk-ons this week to bolster the five remaining scholarship receivers.

Also, senior punter Brandon Baker, a walk-on who earned a scholarship last fall, is being held out of spring drills so he can focus on his academics.

- GREG AUMAN, Times staff writer

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