#85 has only been worn by three players in USF history. And Mark Feldman wore it for only one season, so we'll consider him for best #44 instead (even though Vassay Marc pretty much has that locked up).
The other two players had careers that were so similar you'd barely notice one graduated and a different #85 came in. Both were tight ends, a position USF is not particularly known for. Neither saw a huge amount of playing time, though each did have one big moment.
Let's play Player A vs. Player B.
|Measurables||6'4", 240 lbs.||6'5", 250 lbs.|
|His reception from Amarri Jackson added insult to the already injurious beatdown of #9 Louisville in 2005. It came about four minutes after Chad Simpson's decisive second-half kickoff return. And yes, it was from the Voodoo package.||His touchdown catch was the "South Florida could win this" moment of the Florida game. Capped a 96-yard, 10-minute drive, and silenced the Swamp. For a while. The feeling wouldn't last, but still a great moment.|
|Tackles||6 (played part of one season at DE)||0|
|University of Tampa, back when they had a football team||Duke University, back when they had a football team|
There's little to distinguish these players; it boils down whose touchdown moment and whose collegiate pedigree you like better. Player A went both ways over his career, which is always awesome. But Player B scored a touchdown in the Swamp, equally awesome.
Speaking of which:
Who should be named the best #85 in USF football history?
Derek Carter, 2001-05 (Player A) (9 votes)
Andrew Ketchel, 2007-2010 (Player B) (16 votes)
25 total votes