#60 DT Bruce Hector - 5th Year Senior, 6’2”, 296 lbs.
2016 Stats: Hector played in all 13 games and started 12, having been injured the week leading up to the Syracuse game and only appearing as a reserve. He was arguably USF’s best defensive lineman, making 33 tackles and eight TFL. He tied for the team lead with six sacks, including 1.5 each against East Carolina and SMU, and two in the bowl win over South Carolina.
Bruce also tied for the team lead with one degree earned.
2015 Stats: Hector played in 12 of USF's 13 games. Even though he didn't make any starts, he still tied for the team lead in sacks with five, and recorded seven tackles for loss among his 19 total stops. He picked up two sacks against Florida A&M and two more against Cincinnati, forcing a fumble by Bearcats quarterback Hayden Moore on one of them.
2014 Stats: Bruce made his USF debut against NC State and played in a total of six games. He did not record any statistics.
2013 Stats: Redshirt year.
How He Came To USF: Bruce played at Robinson High School in Tampa, after moving down from New Port Richey's Gulf High School. In his two years as a Knight, Hector recorded 86 tackles and 6.5 sacks. In his senior year, he was named to the Florida Class 5A all-state first team after compiling 55 tackles and 9.5 TFL, helping Robinson win 12 games and reach the state semifinals. He committed to USF early in the 2013 recruiting class and stuck with the Bulls after the coaching change to Willie Taggart.
Recruiting Rankings: Hector was a two-star prospect according to Rivals, ESPN, and Scout. 247 gave him three stars.
I think we can safely consider Bruce another USF two-star success story. It had been awhile since we had one of those.
Follow Him On... Bruce's Twitter handle is @BigBabyRondo, and he's on Instagram at bhect_60.