(EDITOR’S NOTE: We have tried to avoid profiling players on this countdown who just left, mostly because it’s confusing. Usually the only reason there are vacant numbers on the roster is because a player graudated or went pro. But considering the other former #29s, we didn’t really have a choice here.)
(ANOTHER EDITOR’S NOTE: We got an updated roster this morning and Devon Jones-Stewart now wears #29. We covered him earlier this summer when he was still listed as #50.)
#29 LB C.J. Garye
2012-2015, 6’3", 231 lbs.
Career Stats: C.J. played in 30 games at USF, mostly on special teams with stints at safety and later at linebacker. He made two career starts (both last season) and recorded a total of 15 tackles.
How He Came To USF: Garye played at Tallahassee’s Lincoln High School, the same school as B.J. Daniels. In his senior year, the Trojans won the 2010 Class 4A state title, beating Armwood even though the Hawks were using an ineligible player. Garye made 138 total tackles in his last two seasons, plus 17 TFL, five sacks, and seven interceptions. He committed to USF’s 2011 recruiting class, turning down offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and others.
Recruiting Rankings: C.J. got three stars from Rivals and Scout, and two stars from 247. ESPN did not rate him.
His Best Game: Garye got to start the first two games of 2015 because of suspensions to Nigel Harris and Tashon Whitehurst. He took advantage and made eight of his nine tackles in those two games, including a career-high five against Florida A&M in the season opener.