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By George, Selvie will return for senior season

Posted Jan 7, 2009 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Jan 7, 2009 at 01:33 AM

University of South Florida junior defensive end George Selvie didn’t hear what he expected from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee, so he will return to USF for his senior season.

Information provided by the draft committee indicated Selvie “would not be selected” in the first three rounds, USF coach Jim Leavitt told Selvie.

“[Leavitt] told me they didn’t have me going as high as we thought,” said Selvie, USF’s first two-time All-American.

Two months ago, Todd McShay of ESPN and Scouts Inc., who ranked Selvie as the nation’s third-best pass rusher, and Michael Detillier of M&D Draft Report both projected Selvie as a mid-to-late first-round choice. Detillier still has Selvie as the 35th best overall prospect, while McShay no longer has Selvie among his mock first-round selections.

“It was kind of surprising and disappointing,” Selvie said. “Now it makes me want to work even harder for next season.

“I can work on getting bigger, stronger, using better technique; just getting better overall. I talked to a lot of people, including my family, prayed on it and took a lot of things into consideration. This was the best decision.”

As a sophomore, Selvie had 14.5 sacks, was a consensus All-American and was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

Last year, Selvie suffered a high ankle sprain in USF’s fourth game at Florida International. It plagued him all season. He missed parts of three games, but finished with 5.0 sacks and earned All-Big East honors.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Selvie said he will use the projection as motivation.

“We didn’t reach all of our goals this year,” Selvie said of USF’s 8-5 season. “Next year, our senior class, we have to go through the whole season strong. We can’t get up to No.10 or No.2 and then fall back.”

With Selvie coming back, the Bulls will have six returning starters on defense, including three on the defensive line - Selvie and tackles Terrell McClain and Aaron Harris.

Just curious: does Selvie’s decision change your prediction on how the Bulls will fare next season?

Reader Comments

Por (Hector Jimenez) on January 07, 2009 (Suggest removal)

First off, I think its great that Selvie is staying.  He can now work to prove that the 14.5 sacks two years ago were not a fluke and that he can do it consistently against conference opponents (something he did not do this year or the two years ago).

As far as predicting, I will not do it agin with this team.  I predicted UConn and USF to finish in the top 2 and looked good halfway into the season.  However, with Selvie and the front line back and Grothe and USF’s stable of RBs and WRs and still think USF is good enough to finish in the top half of the conference and go bowling for the 5th straight year. 

And who knows maybe they even land at the Gator!

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Por (Earl S.) on January 07, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Our stable of RBs and WRs ???? Let’s see…..Ford has been hurt for 2 years…played what? 4 plays every other game ?? and our other RBs are very good D3 players…Our WRs…the only one that catches the ball consistenly…is Hestor and sometimes Love….otherwise the rest couldn’t catch a cold….and Grothe…is a running back playing QB….and our OC….couldn’t manage a mail box…as long as HE is our OC….we will never, NEVER win the BIG EAST. Face it, the only offense we had, or have, IS Grothe…and everyone on the other teams have figured that out…the reason we won the USF bowl ??? well look who we were playing….next year let’s schedule someone who will play a little harder…like Plant or Armwood.

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Por (David M.) on January 07, 2009 (Suggest removal)

George Selvie shined by being coached by the former D-Line coach (Dan McCartney?) who bolted to the Gators for like a 100% pay raise.  Without Dan McCartney, George will probably finish next year close to this year.  However he was double teamed on most plays and his teammates did not step up.  Glad to see him coming back and hope he improves his draft stock.

Brett any future studs being recruited?

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on January 07, 2009 (Suggest removal)

David, at last count, I believe there are 18 commitments. USF’s recruiting class is currently ranked 46th in the country by and fourth in the Big East behind WVU, Rutgers and Pitt. USF’s biggest pick up for next season won’t be a recruit - but FSU transfer Daron Rose. And, of course, Selvie returning.

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Por (USF95) on January 07, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I don’t buy the McCarney kudos.  Anyone that watched George Selvie the 2nd half of his freshman season saw a huge sophomore season.  Selvie dominated the WVU game in 2006 and dominated the bowl game.  I give more credit for George’s production off Coach Clark than McCarney.  Selvie slipped last year because of a high ankle sprain.  Anyone that has had a high ankle sprain can attest to the fact that it lingers and only rest can help.  He played on that high ankle sprain for 2/3 of the season along with getting consistently double teamed.  That’s why his production dropped.

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Por (Hurricane) on January 07, 2009 (Suggest removal)

  I’m surprised that at least one or two highly sought after, stud local recruits haven’t been corraled by USF this year.  Instead, I read each day about another one going away to school.  Is it a comment on Leavitt’s relationships with local high school coaches?  Has something gone awry?


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Por (Paul S) on January 08, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I’m thrilled he’s staying, as it will only make us better.  A good year, and he’ll be a first rounder.  Knowing he’ll have the motvation to be the best is exciting!  Those around him need to step up…we’ll lose McKenzie, which is huge, a C-Williams.

Playing FSU & UM next year let’s us guage how far we’ve come, and success there should equate to USF cutting the gap in recruiting…which we need to elevate our program.  Two great pieces of news today!!

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Por (matt) on January 08, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Selvie is a good player that is gonna be more of a technique guy in the NFL unless he bulks up.  Heck he was in the ESPN mag last year hyping him up so he has got the tools. Bounceback next year on the big stage against FSU and Miami would go a long way to helping him out.

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Por (jeff saff) on January 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I now very strongly expect 8-4.

Selvie is an excellent player and he will anchor the D line.

The players will perform better with lesser expectations.

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