Less than seven weeks now until the season opener against Notre Dame. Let's meet a walk-on who will see the first action of his USF career this season.
#48 LB Ruben Garcia
Redshirt Freshman, 5'11", 227 lbs.
Stats in 2010: Ruben used his redshirt season last season learning the defense and getting stronger.
Current Spot on Depth Chart: Garcia was not listed on the two deep on the post-spring depth chart at any of the three linebacker positions.
How He Got To USF: Ruben came to USF last season as a preferred walk-on from nearby Durant HS in Plant City. Garcia excelled for the Cougars, getting 68 tackles for Durant his senior year. Garcia accepted a preferred walk-on position over a scholarship offer from Charleston Southern and interest from FAU.
Recruiting Rankings: Garcia was not rated by either Rivals or Scout.
Projected Playing Time In 2011: Garcia will be used mostly on the scout team and on special teams with an experienced group of linebackers ahead of him.