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Only Deadrin Senat Days Until USF Football Season

The Bulls’ enormous #10 provides skill and badly-needed size on the interior of the defensive line.

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#10 DT Deadrin Senat
Redshirt Junior, 6’1", 305 lbs.

That's Pronounced... deed-RIN sen-NOT. I never knew the accent was on the second syllable in his first name. I thought it was DEE-drin.

2015 Stats: Senat played in 12 games at nose tackle, starting 10 of them. He finished with 46 tackles, 5.5 TFL, a forced fumble (against SMU), and a fumble recovery (against East Carolina). Late in the season, he suffered a knee injury that limited his effectiveness.

Position on Depth Chart: Deadrin had fallen behind Bruce Hector for the starting nose tackle spot on the post-spring depth chart, possibly a continuation of what happened while Senat was hurt. Hector seized the opportunity and made some big plays in November.

How He Came To USF: Senat played at Immokalee High School, arriving at USF a year ahead of fellow Indians D’Ernest Johnson and Jimmy Bayes, and two years ahead of Jaymon Thomas. Senat put up massive stats as a senior: 89 tackles, 6.5 TFL, three sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He was named to the Class 5A all-state first team as he helped the Indians shake off an unimpressive regular season and advance all the way to the 5A state championship game.

Senat took the scenic route on his college recruiting journey. He was high on Miami for awhile, committed to Florida State for a few months, and seemingly was headed to South Carolina when they offered him on an official visit in January 2013. But USF was always in the frame, and they finally got him right before signing day.

Recruiting Rankings: Senat was a three-star prospect across the board.

Projected Playing Time: Whether he ultimately starts or backs up Hector, Deadrin is going to get his reps because he has a critical role to play. He’s USF’s best run stuffer, and with Derrick Calloway not coming back to the team, he’s really their only run stuffer. The Bulls can’t afford for him to get injured or have a down year.

Follow Him On... Senat hasn’t used his Twitter account in over two years, but you can follow him at @deadrin55 in case he ever starts again. His Instagram, at deadrin10, is much more active.