#99 Defensive End Kevin Bronson
Redshirt Freshman, 6'4", 265 lbs.
Stats in 2014: Kevin was redshirted in 2014.
Spot on Preseason Depth Chart: We don't have a depth chart yet, but Bronson spent most of spring lined up at defensive tackle and played for the white team in the Spring Game. Bronson normally gets double-teamed by the offensive line because in one-on-one situations he is really good at slipping through and getting a tackle for loss.
How He Came to USF: Bronson went to Village Academy High School in Delray Beach, Florida. He was recruited by 20+ colleges, including Florida, UCF, Miami, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia. He signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech in February of 2014, but never enrolled there due to misunderstandings between him and the coaching staff. Bronson flipped to USF in July of 2014.
Recruiting Rankings: Bronson had three stars from Rivals, 247 and ESPN.
Projected Playing Time: Moving from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 last year and now a 4-2-5, there is no telling where exactly a player might end up. Playing defensive tackle is probably best for Bronson, since Eric Lee, Demetrius Hill, and Mike Love will be the top contenders to start at defensive end. Tackle is a much thinner position, where Deadrin Senat is probably the only absolute starter. Bronson has the speed and size to fit into the current incarnation of Bulls defense, and Coach Taggart speaks highly of him, so he should hope for a starting spot. At the very least, he will get rotated into the defensive line when a fresh player is needed.
Fun Fact: Bronson was a standout last fall, despite being redshirted. He gave USF's offensive line so much trouble that he earned the Scout Team Award at the team's December banquet:
Highlights: Bronson wore #50 at Village Academy and played defensive end and tackle. In this game from his senior year he forced a fumble, recovered another fumble and had four tackles for loss.