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After a sophomore slump, the Bulls' punt returner and backup rover should make an impact this season.

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#22 DB Hassan Childs
Junior, 6'0", 188 lbs.

Stats in 2014: Childs never started, but played in all twelve games, returning nine punts for 62 yards. He also recorded one tackle against NC State and shared two tackles with Nigel Harris against Tulsa.

Spot on Fall Depth Chart: Starting at punt returner and backing up Nate Godwin at strong safety/rover.

How He Came to USF: Childs is from Kissimmee, where he played cornerback at Osceola High School. He committed to NC State at the beginning of his senior year, and was also offered by several Big Ten schools, C. Florida, Cincinnati, FIU and Bethune Cookman. After his senior season, USF had a new coach and Childs flipped to the Bulls.

Recruiting Rankings: Scout gave him two stars, but ESPN, Rivals and 247 gave him three.

Projected Playing Time: Childs is an athletic, quick safety. He got three interceptions and ten tackles as a freshman in 2013, and six solo tackles in the Spring Game this year. Nate Godwin is great, but is not immune to injury, or to losing his starting spot (which happened at the end of last season), but I highly doubt that Childs beats Godwin for the position. But Childs can be counted on to handle the duties of the strong safety without too many problems, and will probably come in periodically to keep Godwin rested.

Hassan's biggest impact in 2015 will come as the punt returner. He returned punts last season and the job is his to lose this fall. Since punts aren't something USF can afford to mess up, Childs' experience should solidify his place. D'Ernest Johnson and Chris Barr will probably be returning kickoffs.

Fun Fact: Willie Taggart brought in twelve freshman defenders in his first recruiting class, including Childs. Nine of those players are currently on the fall depth chart.

Highlights: Here is the 2013 SMU game, in which Childs intercepted the ball twice. Also, Chris Dunkley returns a punt for a touchdown. I shudder to think where this team would be without passable defense and special teams for the last two years.

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