from unranked teams in the conference
H.B. BLADES, MLB
The son of former
NFL defensive back Bennie Blades is a two-time first-team all-conference pick
and a tackling machine for the Panthers. A 6-foot, 240-pound senior, Blades
should get strong consideration for the Butkus Award.
BRIAN LEONARD, FB
235-pound senior teams with Ray Rice to form a feared backfield duo: Sir Sturdy
and Sir Speedy ran for 1,860 yards in '05. "If you get used to taking on
Leonard," says one coach, "the next thing you know, Rice will have
blown by you."
STEPHEN NICHOLAS, LB
Slotted as a
mid-round pick, the 6'3", 225-pound Nicholas passed on the '06 NFL draft to
return to USF and raise his stock. As a junior he had a team-leading 151/2
tackles for loss on a defense that ranked 17th in the country.
TERRY CAULLEY, RB
185-pounder rushed for 1,247 yards as a freshman in 2002 but hasn't been the
same since suffering a right knee injury the following September. He'll look to
regain his magic after averaging 59.9 yards a game last season.