USF Football Practice Report: Aug. 26
BullsVision: Practice Report Aug. 26
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - Hard work truly has paid off for USF wide receiver Stephen Bravo-Brown.
Bulls head coach Skip Holtz announced to his team Friday that the former true freshman walk-on is now on scholarship.
"As I told him, 'This is not something I am giving to you. This is something he's earned,' " said Holtz of the sophomore.
Bravo-Brown certainly is deserving of the honor after what he had to do to help the Bulls last season. USF was without A.J. Love and Sterling Griffin because of injuries and desperately needed numbers at receiver.
Bravo-Brown stepped up, absorbed as much knowledge of the college game as he could and quickly put it to use. He made 11 catches for 104 yards in 13 games (two starts).
"His statistics weren't gaudy or anything like that, but he played a significant role for us," Holtz explained. "He came in this year and has earned his way into that two-deep depth chart."
Holtz followed through on a promise he made to Bravo-Brown, who worked hard to hold up his end of the deal.
"I've said to him before, 'Once you start playing on the field, then as soon as one becomes available I would take care of you,' " the coach said.
Walk-on players have earned scholarships at USF in the past, with Mistral Raymond, Bobby Eveld and Joel Miller being recent examples. Like Miller, Bravo-Brown has kept his work ethic at a high level and has something to show for it now.
"I work with him every day, so I know how hard he's worked," said receiver Lindsey Lamar of Bravo-Brown. "He's been doing a great job, so I'm proud of him and I'm happy for him."
Special Coin Toss
Chaz Hine has a special duty Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.
USF's senior offensive lineman will be on the field to do the ceremonial coin toss before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Miami Dolphins in preseason action at 7:30 p.m.