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NCAA Football: South Florida at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

#1 Rocky D. Bull
43rd Year Senior, approx. 7’0”, weight unknown

2015 Stats: Rocky did not throw or catch any passes, run for any yards, or make any tackles last year. However, he carried flags, ran countless miles, entertained tens of thousands of people, and did a total of 1668 push-ups when USF put points on the scoreboard.

Position on Depth Chart: Rocky was not listed on the most recent depth chart.

How He Came To USF: In the early 1960s, after being told their class rings would have a blank panel on them if they didn’t pick a nickname, USF students settled on the brahman bull. It was a long, tedious process that saw nicknames like Sailfish, Camels, Desert Rats, and even Chickens rejected. A few years later, a proper mascot was created as a toy for the campus bookstore to sell. Once USF started playing sports, Rocky transitioned to the athletic department, which started drawing him on their newsletters.

It wasn’t until 1974 that a costumed Rocky mascot began showing up to basketball games and other sporting events. He was redesigned in the early 1980s when USF’s athletic logo changed, then again when the current logo was put in place. The Rocky we know today debuted October 31, 2003, at USF’s homecoming game against Cincinnati. When Under Armour took over as the apparel provider in 2008, Rocky switched numbers from #4 to #1.

Recruiting Rankings: Rocky was not rated by any of the major recruiting sites because they didn’t exist in the 1970s, and also because he is a bull.

Projected Playing Time: Rocky always plays every minute of every game and never complains about being overworked. He’s a true iron bull.

Follow Him On... Rocky is on Twitter at @RockyTheUSFBull. His Instagram is at rockytheusfbull as well.