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#67 is some really slim pickings historically, but one player wore it with distinction.

We couldn't find a picture of him playing football, but here is Anthony McKenzie getting his degree from USF.
We couldn't find a picture of him playing football, but here is Anthony McKenzie getting his degree from USF.
USF Athletic Academic Services

#92/76/67 DL/OL Anthony McKenzie
1997-2000, 6'2", 285 lbs.

Career Stats: How's this for an obscure stat: McKenzie is the one of only two players in USF football history to start a game on both offense and defense (Chris Dunkley is the other - thank you, observant readers). When he came to the Bulls for the inaugural season in 1997, he was a defensive tackle wearing #92 who was supposed to redshirt. But when injuries piled up, McKenzie found himself in the lineup. He played five games, starting USF's first-ever homecoming game against Southern Illinois, and recorded 10 tackles.

After that, McKenzie switched to offense, traded in #92 for #76, and slotted in at right and left guard. He played 10 games and started eight in 1998. Another number change, from #76 to #67, followed in 1999. He kept both his number and his place in the starting lineup for the rest of his USF career, starting his last 22 games in a row at left guard.

How He Came To USF: Anthony played at South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida. Playing on defense, he collected 202 tackles and 26 sacks his last two years of high school, and was named to the Class 5A all-state third team his senior year. McKenzie was also a four-year letter winner in wrestling (we assume in the heavyweight classification). He was part of USF's second recruiting class in 1997, so he graduated with the O.G. without actually being one of them.

Recruiting Rankings: No one was ranking USF recruits back then.

His Best Game: Let's go with the last game of the 1999 season against Hofstra. McKenzie was part of an offensive line that cleared a path for 301 rushing yards, including 226 by Dyral McMillan, as USF unsuccessfully tried to dictate the tempo against the freewheeling Flying Dutchmen. The Bulls lost 42-23 and missed the I-AA playoffs, but Hofstra doesn't have a football team anymore, so there.

Fun Fact: The only other players we could find that have played both offense and defense for USF are Anthony Henry and Terrence Mitchell.