Key South Florida receiver will graduate; Look for a new home

Key South Florida receiver will graduate; Look for a new home

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]outh Florida got a surprise Friday, but not the good kind.

griffinJunior wide receiver Sterling Griffin, expected to play a key role for the Bulls this fall, announced that he would transfer.

Griffin will graduate this summer and be immediately eligible.

“I’ve had a great experience at USF and I’ll cherish the memories and relationships I’ve made while on campus,” Griffin said in a statement. “I appreciate Coach (Willie) Taggart for all he’s done since taking over the program, and I wish this team nothing but the best moving forward.

“I want to thank my teammates, the fans, the administration and all the support staff, especially the athletic training staff, who have helped me during my time here.”

Griffin (6-0, 191) caught 14 passes for 265 yards and two scores as a true freshman in 2009, but battled injuries during the rest of his career.

After missing the entire 2010 season with an ankle injury, Griffin bounced back with 43 catches for 560 yards as a sophomore in 2011. He was a pre-season All-Big East selection in 2012 but suffered a season-ending injury in the second game of the year.

The Opa Locka, Fla. native could be eligible for a medical redshirt for 2012, making a sixth year of eligibility a possibility, allowing him to play two years at his new school.

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

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