"Chase Griffiths had made the decision not to return," said Holtz. "You feel like you lost one of your flock. Every young man you have, you want to put him in a role and give him a chance to be successful."
Griffith who prepped at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee was was moved from linebacker to fullback a year ago and only played in one game last season.
"We moved him to offense and his heart just really wasn't into, which I totally respect. He wants to play the linebacker position. I just don't see it happening here, and he made the decision to transfer."
"I wish him the best of luck, and it was a very positive meeting," said Holtz. "He said Coach, I hate that I'm leaving, it's coming around, it's coming together, and I'm excited about what this team is going to do." Holtz added "He didn't buy into the move and his heart wasn't in it. I can totally understand. He's always played the linebacker position, he'd never played offense. Great young man and I certainly wish him the best."
Griffiths is the second USF scholarship player to decide to transfer this spring, and joins receiver T.J. Knowles who will also transfer this spring.