South Florida Bulls cornerback Naytron Culpepper announced late yesterday afternoon on Twitter that he will transfer from the school after playing in just the final four games of the 2018 season.
They lock me in a box, I pray to GOD this ain’t my destiny pic.twitter.com/39d7YS0PkT— 27 (@BeGreat_Nate) December 8, 2018
“I want to thank the entire coaching staff for their hard work and support throughout my time in Tampa. This decision was not easy for me and my family...,” Culpepper said in the tweet.
The Carol City product was able to crack the two-deep last season and earned his first-career start in the the epic War-on-I-4 made two tackles, he then started in the Birmingham Bowl versus the middle school in Lubbock.
Heading into this season, Culpepper seemed poised for a breakout campaign with Ronnie Hoggins moving inside to the nickel corner position, but due to personal reasons he missed the first eight games of the season.
Despite that, he finished this year with a career-high in tackles with 19 and earned two starts in those four games.
He’ll end his USF career with 31 tackles, 0.5 TFL, and two pass breakups.
With the new redshirt rule in place where players can play up to four games and still maintain their redshirt, he was going to be an interesting case study in how the coaches and player dealt with the new rule.
We wish Naytron well and good luck.