#40 FB Riley Sheehan
Redshirt Freshman, 6'3", 245 lbs.
2015 Stats: Sheehan redshirted last year.
Position on Depth Chart: Riley is not listed on the post-spring depth chart, but it might be because USF only lists two tight ends on the chart. Sheehan got some work as an extra tight end during the spring, both blocking and catching a few passes. We'd argue Riley shouldn't be listed as a fullback because the Gulf Coast Offense doesn't use one that often. He's better classified as a tight end, or whatever Corian Hamilton was last year.
How He Came To USF: Riley was a defensive end and offensive lineman at Sarasota's Riverview High School. He originally planned to play football at Jacksonville University, but there was a big financial aid scandal in the football program that resulted in the Pioneer League (which doesn't allow athletic scholarships) handling down sanctions last summer. We don't know if that played a role in Riley leaving, or more accurately never joining the team. He wasn't listed on the 2015 roster and didn't play in any of their games. Instead of playing for the Dolphins, Sheehan walked onto the USF program last fall.
Here is Riley's highlight reel (and his high school test scores, if you need them). It's a shame Riley switched to offense full time. We might have had a Piesman Trophy candidate on our hands.
Recruiting Rankings: Sheehan was unranked by the major recruiting sites.
Projected Playing Time: A lot more than you might think. USF is actually pretty shorthanded at the tight end position. Sheehan will get his chances on offense, and he might be especially useful in the running game because he has quite a mean streak based on those high school highlights. His playing time can only increase if something were to happen to Elkanah Dillon or Mitchell Wilcox.