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George Selvie, Sara Nevins, and Shantia Grace Named To USF Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Three standout student athletes with a plethora of athletic achievements between them will be inducted in November.

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After a five-year hiatus, the USF Athletics Hall of Fame will induct a new class. The 2019 group features three student-athletics who had outstanding careers in the green and gold: Shantia Grace (women’s basketball, 2005-09), Sara Nevins (softball, 2011-14) and George Selvie (football, 2006-2009).

Shantia Grace

Shantia Grace came to USF out of Riverview High School in Sarasota and is the third women’s basketball player to be selected to USF’s Athletics Hall of Fame, joining Wanda Guyton (2009) and Jessica Dickson (2012). Grace helped lead the Bulls to the 2009 WNIT championship, where she was voted the MVP of the tournament. Grace was also selected to three All-Big East teams, and in the 2008-09 season, was a first team all selection.

Grace was fantastic at scoring and distributing during her four seasons as a Bull, holding career records in assists (610) and starts (129), while also being third all-time in scoring with 1,941 career points. She also holds the school record for most points in a game, with 44 points vs Coppin State in 2008.

After graduating from USF, Shantia went on to play professionally in Poland, before returning to the Sunshine State to coach girls’ basketball at Booker T. Washington High School.

George Selvie

A lowly, two-star recruit out of Pensacola, George Selvie originally came to USF to play center under Jim Leavitt. After his career in Tampa, Selvie left the program as the school’s all-time leader in sacks (29) and tackles for loss (69.5), while also holding records for most tackles for loss (31.5) and sacks (14.5) in a dominating 2007 season. The 2007 Big East Defensive Player of the Year also holds career records in forced fumbles (9) and starts (50). Selvie was selected as a first team All-American twice (2007 and 2008) and helped lead USF to upsets over Auburn and West Virginia during his time wearing green and gold.

Selvie went on to be drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, and played six NFL seasons with the Rams, Giants, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Jaguars, and Panthers. His NFL stats include 143 tackles, 14 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 4 fumble recoveries before retiring after the 2015 season.

Sara Nevins

Arguably one of the most talented players to ever suit up for the Bulls, Sara Nevins was a three time All-American (twice on third-team, once on second team), four time all-conference selection, and the 2014 American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. Nevins came to USF from Pinellas Park High School in 2011 and quickly became the ace for Ken Erikson’s team. Nevins helped lead USF to the 2012 Women’s College World Series, in a season where she set a program record 336 strikeouts. Her career program records include the following: wins (101), saves (20), innings pitched (844.1), strikeouts (1,103), and opponents batting average (0.170).

Nevins later went on to play for the USA Women’s National Softball team from 2013-2015 where she won two World Cup gold medals (2014 and 2015), a World Cup silver medal (2013), Pan American Silver Medal (2015), and ISF World Championships silver medal (2014).

The three members of the 2019 class will be inducted on Friday, November 15 at the Marshall Student Center.