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Jordan Cronkrite to Return to USF Football for Senior Season

The 1,000-yard rusher has made up his mind and will return to Tampa for one more go-around with the Bulls.

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USF will have one of their prime offensive weapons back on board for the 2019 season as running back Jordan Cronkrite announced via Instagram on Friday that he’d be returning for his senior season.

A transfer from UF, the Miami native sat out the 2017 campaign before breaking out for the Bulls this past fall by becoming the ninth player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards (1,121 to be exact) and a team-high nine touchdowns in 12 games.

His most explosive performance came during USF’s 58-42 win at UMass on Oct. 6, where he set both the school and conference single-game rushing records with 302 yards on 23 carries.

Cronk’s production, however, did start to tail off in the second half of the 2018 season with the emergence of fellow Miami native and true freshman Johnny Ford. As Nathan reported on Thursday, Cronkrite did give serious thought to entering the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft but ultimately decided to remain in Tampa for a year.

We’ll now get to see how the senior tailback will fit right into a potentially explosive offensive scheme operated by new offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell this fall.