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Stampeding Through The USF Football Roster: #88 TE Andreas Shields

Running. Out. Of. Stock. Photos. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Running. Out. Of. Stock. Photos. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Today's entry is someone who should be able to contribute this season on offense... if he's back to 100%.

#88 TE Andreas Shields
Redshirt Senior, 6'4", 248 lbs.

Stats In 2011: Andreas played in all 12 games in 2012, starting six of them. Shields caught 11 balls for 144 yards and caught one touchdown against Cincinnati.

Current Spot On Depth Chart: Andreas was not listed on the post-spring depth chart at either tight end position because of injury.

How did he come to USF: Shields comes to USF via nearby Wharton High School, where he chose the hometown Bulls over offers from FAU and FIU.

Recruiting Rankings: Both Rivals and Scout listed Andreas as a 2-star recruit, with Scout calling Shields the 63rd best TE prospect in the Class of 2007.

Projected Playing Time In 2012: It really depends on how Andreas recovers from a "pancreas deformity" that kept him out of Spring Practice this year. If Shields is 100% ready to go, he should be able to compete with Mike McFarland and Evan Landi for one of the starting tight end spots. If not, we might see him in a limited role in his final year here in Tampa.