USF running back Jamar Taylor has left the USF football program school officials announced on Tuesday.
Taylor’s availability has been in question since he was held out of spring practice so he could focus on his academics. Taylor came in with a lot of promise, but was hampered by injuries and never realized his full potential. The senior back missed most of last season with a knee injury sustained during the preseason.
The former Lakeland star transferred to USF in 2007 from Alabama during his freshmen year, and played in a Bulls uniform as a true freshman, recording 477 yards and five touchdowns over 23 games in a three-year span.
In 2008 Taylor battled injuries throughout the season, and finished with 300 yards and 3 touchdowns on 62 carries (4.8 avg.). Taylor had shoulder surgery the following winter and missed the entire 2009 spring, but was expected to have a big role in the offense until he injured his knee during the preseason.
The Bulls had a log jam at running back but that all changed this spring. With Mike Ford dismissed, and Taylor missing the spring, senior Mo Plancher, sophomore Demetris Murray and redshirt freshman Bradley Battles got the majority of the reps. Senior Aston Samuels sustained a severe ankle injury during the first scrimmage and the Bulls switched sophomore Lindsey Lamar to receiver midway through. The Bulls are expecting JUCO back Mike Hayes, and incoming freshman Marcus Shaw to join the team this summer.