A Panther, Bucky – now a Bull

By on May 29, 2015


TOUCHDOWN BULLS!  Rodney Adams scores last season vs. UCONN  (photo USA TODAY Sports / Kim Klement)

TOUCHDOWN BULLS! Rodney Adams scores last season vs. UCONN (photo USA TODAY Sports / Kim Klement)


TAMPA, FLA.  – University of South Florida Head Coach Willie Taggart today announced the addition of safety Austin Hudson (Tampa) to the Bulls’ football program.


Hudson, a Tampa native that graduated from Plant High School, transferred to USF from the University of Wisconsin and will sit out the 2015 season under NCAA transfer rules. He will have three years of eligibility remaining after playing last season as a true-freshman for the Badgers. Hudson is currently enrolled in summer session classes at USF and has begun workouts with the team.


The 6-2, 205-pound Hudson was a January enrollee at Wisconsin and quickly earned playing time in his freshman campaign. He saw action in all 14 games, primarily on special teams, and recorded 19 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble for the Badgers. He made a career-high four tackles against Maryland and had 13 of his tackles in Big Ten action. He posted one tackle in Wisconsin’s win over USF.


A three-star recruit, Hudson is a tremendous athlete who has logged a 4.45 time in the forty-yard dash and a 40-inch vertical. He posted 90 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 12 pass breakups, three interceptions and two forced fumbles in his senior season at Plant. He also logged 20 receptions for 447 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver as he helped Plant to a second-consecutive district championship and the Florida Class 8A state semifinals. Hudson finished high school with 4.6 cumulative GPA.


USF returns 13 starters (5 offense, 7 defense and 1 specialist) for Taggart’s third season at the helm. The Bulls will return their top five tacklers (9 the top 12 overall) and players that accounted for 73 percent of the team’s tackles in 2014. USF returns 100 percent of its rushing yardage from 2014, including 1,000-yard rusher Marlon Mack, and 50 percent of its receptions and receiving yards.


The USF Football program completed its 18th season and 15th at the FBS level. The Bulls have made six bowl appearances, including every season between 2005-10, and have four bowl game victories. USF has produced 14 All-America selections, 23 NFL Draft picks and reached the No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press Poll in 2007.

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