Long snapper joins USF after layoff of six years

Published August 5, 2006

TAMPA - Darryl Dudding was in middle school a decade ago when he first met USF coach Jim Leavitt. And while he hasn't played football in almost six years, he'll be on scholarship with the Bulls in the fall as a long snapper.

"To play football at USF has always been a dream of mine," the Indian Rocks Christian graduate said Friday. "To have this opportunity is just unreal."

Dudding, 24, last played football at the University of Central Arkansas in 2000. He comes to USF after a four-year stint in the Coast Guard, working aboard 210-foot cutters.

Ordinarily, a player's window of eligibility is five years from when he starts college, but military service is an exception.

"They say it's like a stopwatch, so my clock started again when I got back here in July," said Dudding, who last snapped a football in an organized practice at a Ray Guy kicking camp in 2003.

Dudding still must be accepted into USF, but he'll be its second long snapper on scholarship along with senior Ryan Bordeau, a former walk-on from Seminole. The two were teammates in middle school.

Meanwhile, junior offensive tackle Jared Carnes, a walk-on for two seasons, will be on scholarship. The St. Petersburg Catholic graduate, the largest player on the roster at 6 feet 8, 310 pounds, will compete to start at left tackle.

Also walking-on are: Joe Herzhauser, a 6-4, 250-pound tackle who graduated from Lakewood in 2002 and spent two years in the Air Force before attending St. Petersburg College; ex-Boca Ciega linebacker Brad Chancey; and Shawn Cannon, a running back from Pen-sacola who last played at Highland (Kan.) Community College.

DISMISSED SOONER: Texas A&M-Commerce asked Oklahoma for permission to contact ex-quarterback Rhett Bomar to discuss transferring. Bomar would not have to sit out a season if he transferred to the Division II school.

He and lineman J.D Quinn were dismissed from the team Wednesday for accepting compensation beyond the hours they worked at a car dealership. Bomar and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops were unavailable for comment.

VIRGINIA: Safety Tony Franklin rejoined the team after being dismissed in the spring for undisclosed reasons. Coach Al Groh said the senior earned another chance.

ACC: Coordinator of officials Tommy Hunt, a former longtime league official, will retire at the end of the 2006-07 school year.