Released from Gators, Riley considers a transfer to USF
By GREG AUMAN
Published January 12, 2006
TAMPA - Defensive lineman Julian Riley, the former Lakewood standout who played only one series in three seasons at Florida, is transferring this week, with USF as the front-runner.
Riley, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound redshirt sophomore, requested and was granted his release from the Gators, former Lakewood coach Brian Bruch said. His release was sent to USF, Bethune-Cookman, Southern and Eastern Kentucky, and he talked with Bulls coaches this week.
Riley would have to sit out the 2006 season after transferring, which would leave him with one year of eligibility. He had surgery in November 2003 to repair a torn knee ligament and has not shown the talent that made him a Times first-team All-Suncoast selection as a senior in 2002. He had 17 sacks among 31 tackles for a loss as a senior and Rivals.com rated him as the nation's No. 19 defensive end prospect.
BRONSON TO TRANSFER: Kyle Bronson, the freshman walk-on from Wharton who became USF's starting kicker and connected on 11 of 16 field goals this season, has requested his release and plans to transfer this summer.
Bronson's mother, Tammy, said her son spoke with coach Jim Leavitt after the season and asked to be put on scholarship.
Leavitt, who has one kicker on scholarship in freshman Mike Benzer and has a commitment from Robinson punter/kicker Delbert Alvarado, did not want to put Bronson on scholarship for the spring semester, she said.
With Bronson's departure, the likely starter is Benzer, who was 0-for-3 on field goals and 2-for-3 on extra points before losing the job to Bronson. Redshirt freshman Justin Teachey, a walk-on who handled kickoffs, will also compete for the job this spring.
INCOMING: He'll wait to make it official in person, but Joseph Jackson, a defensive end from Miami Washington, said Wednesday he'll accept a scholarship offer to USF.
"I'm visiting on the 20th, and I plan on committing then," said Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound end who had 16 sacks for Washington this season. "I just like the atmosphere of the program, and I like the way I can fit into their defense."
Jackson is a teammate of another Bulls' commitment, quarterback Alwan Lee, and said the two have been "best friends since pre-K." They'll both start in this weekend's Dade-Broward all-star game.
WHITE LEAVING USC: Trojans running back LenDale White declared himself eligible for the NFL draft, saying he had accomplished everything he wanted to for the Trojans. Tailback Reggie Bush will announce his plans this morning.
MISSISSIPPI: Linebacker Patrick Willis, the SEC's leading tackler at 12.8 per game, will return for his senior season. ... Former longtime Miami assistant Art Kehoe was hired as associate head coach and offensive line coach.
VIRGINIA: All-ACC linebacker Kai Parham is leaving early for the NFL.
MANNING AWARD: Vince Young of Texas was named top quarterback.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.