TAMPA, FL – University of South Florida head coach Willie Taggart on Tuesday announced the dismissal of senior defensive backs Mark Joyce and JaQuez Jenkins from the USF football program for a violation of team rules.
“It’s disappointing they both are seniors. We’re talking about seniors, not freshmen,” Taggart, in his first season leading the USF program, said. “We’re trying to change a culture in our entire football program to one that is total commitment to the football team and winning. There are consequences that come with anything that counters that. Those consequences will be paid. There’s no one individual who is bigger than this football team.
“They’ve done a lot for our football program. Unfortunately, they made a mistake. They’ve got to deal with their mistake.”
Joyce and Jenkins both were suspended prior to the UCF game and did not play in that contest. Both players are on schedule to graduate in December.
Joyce started 22 career games, including 10 this season, and played in 47. He is the Bulls second leading tackler with 53 stops this season and has two interceptions. Jenkins started 15 career games, five this season, and played in 39. He logged 24 tackles on the season.
USF (2-9; 2-5 AAC) will complete the 2013 season Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. kick at Rutgers (5-6; 2-5 AAC).