#29 LB C.J. Garye
Redshirt Junior, 6'3", 228 lbs.
Stats in 2013: Appeared in two games.
Spot on 2013 Depth Chart: Not listed.
How did he come to USF: From Tallahassee Lincoln High School, as part of Skip Holtz's first full recruiting class in 2011.
Recruiting Rankings: Rivals rated him three stars. Scout.com rated him the #102 safety nationally, and in the Top 100 Florida prospects in his class. 247Sports gave him only two stars. Had offers from several schools, including FIU, Iowa State, Illinois, Kentucky, and Louisville.
Projected Playing Time in 2014: Garye is an example of how careers can be hurt by a coaching change. Recruited as a safety, he was moved to outside linebacker by Skip Holtz in October 2012, to shore up a short-term numbers problem. Holtz liked what he saw, C.J. got into nine games as a redshirt freshman, and the move became permanent.
But new coach Willie Taggart has found little use for Garye. Going into the 2013 season, Greg Auman noted that he "hadn't seen much" of Garye. A rotation at SLB with Tashon Whitehurst and Zack Bullock never materialized. True freshman Nigel Harris would take over at WLB.
It's impossible to know if Garye's career would have gone better had he stayed at safety, but I do know this: anything Skip Holtz did in October 2012 was probably a bad idea.
Fun Fact: C.J. Garye was the last player to gain yardage for the Bulls in 2013. Late in the Rutgers game, he fielded a squib kickoff, and returned it four yards. Fittingly for last season, he fumbled. (It was recovered by USF.)