#46 P Eric Briggs
Junior(?), 6'2", 197 lbs.
2015 Stats: Briggs was not on the team last year for reasons that are unclear. All we know is when the fall roster came out at the end of July, Eric wasn't on it. He did record one stat, however: he got in our comments and dunked on Ryan after Ryan suggested that Briggs's 4.51 time in the 40 couldn't be real.
We put a question mark next to his class because we think it's incorrect. He was a redshirt freshman last summer; he can't possibly be a junior now.
Position on Depth Chart: Eric has managed quite a feat. He's listed as the backup punter behind Brent Gordon after spring practice, despite not actually being on the official roster. We're going to assume he's back with the team until told otherwise.
How He Came To USF: Briggs was given preferred walk-on status after playing at Fort Myers High School. He was named the Class 6A first-team all state punter after averaging 45.8 yards per punt his senior year. Briggs also played tight end for the Green Wave, catching 11 career passes for 155 yards and at least one touchdown (none of Fort Myers' receiving TDs are recorded in their 2013 MaxPreps stats).
Here is Eric's high school highlight reel, with proof that he did play tight end and scored a touchdown.
Recruiting Rankings: Eric was not rated by the recruiting services.
Projected Playing Time: Well, it depends on whether Briggs is on the team. If he isn't, his playing time will obviously be zero. If he is, then he might have a shot at becoming USF's punter. Gordon was pressed into duty in the Miami Beach Bowl after Mattias Ciabatti's last-minute suspension. Gordon only averaged 39.6 yards per kick, and one of his punts was returned 37 yards. You don't want to project too much based on one game, but there was a noticeable dropoff in distance and hang time. If Briggs is playing and he outperforms Gordon in the fall, he could get the job.
Follow Him On... Eric is on Twitter at @briggsquad, although his feed is almost all RTs these days. We don't think he's on Instagram.