#65 OG Ryan Schmidt
2006-2008, 6'5", 320 lbs.
Career Stats: Schmidt proved to be one of the most beneficial transfers USF football has ever had. A straight up mauler, he entered the lineup midway through the 2006 season and stayed there, racking up 34 appearances and 33 starts at almost every offensive line position. Schmidt earned a spot on the 2007 All-Big East second team.
How He Came To USF: Schmidt played his high school ball at Boca Raton High School and committed to Kansas State in 2004. He redshirted that year, then missed the 2005 season after breaking his ankle in preseason practice. Then Bill Snyder retired and good old Ron Prince came in. They apparently didn't get along, and Schmidt ended up transferring back home to play for a Bill Snyder disciple, Jim Leavitt. Somehow USF's compliance ninjas got him a hardship waiver (this might have been their finest hour) and he was able to play nearly three full seasons.
Recruiting Rankings: When he committed to K-State, Schmidt was a two-star recruit according to both Scout and Rivals.
His Best Game: Let's go with that downright scary 35-23 win over Florida Atlantic in 2007, when Schmidt and the USF offensive line helped Ben Williams and Matt Grothe each run for over 100 yards. In all, the Bulls racked up 302 rushing yards on a hot, nasty afternoon, averaging almost seven yards per carry.
Fun Fact: Because no one should ever pass up a chance to make fun of Ron Prince (and because the result of this game actually helped USF climb the polls in 2007)...