#31 RB Darius Tice
Junior, 5'10", 211 lbs.
Stats in 2014: Tice played in all 12 games and started the season finale against UCF. He was the Bulls' third-leading rusher behind Marlon Mack and D'Ernest Johnson, racking up 40 carries for 104 yards. It was a bit of a step down from his true freshman campaign, in which he ran for 141 yards on a more efficient 35 carries, but he started seeing increased playing time towards the end of the 2014 season. He also caught eight passes for 68 yards.
Spot on Fall Depth Chart: Second-string running back behind Mack. Tice had a monster spring-- Willie Taggart actually named him the spring MVP-- and was able to hop over a banged-up Johnson on the depth chart.
How He Came to USF: From Miami Northwestern high school, where he was second-team Class-6A all-state at running back and averaged a whopping 8.4 yards per carry to go along with 25 touchdowns and over 1500 yards rushing. He committed to Cincinnati pretty late in the recruiting process, but flipped to the Bulls just before Signing Day. He also had offers from Ole Miss, Purdue, and a handful of Group of Five schools.
Projected Playing Time: If he keeps up his strong play from the spring, Darius will see the most playing time he's ever seen in a USF uniform in 2015. Still, like we said in our D'Ernest Johnson preview, there are only so many touches to go around, and the loser of the Tice-Johnson battle probably isn't seeing more than five carries a game.
Highlights: Here Darius is showing off his shiftiness and power on a nice 15-yard screen against Tulsa, and here he is on his best run of the season, a nice 11-yard dash against East Carolina. When Tice gets a head full of steam, he's not easy to bring down.