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2021 USF Football Top 5 Players: #1 Dwayne Boyles

Number one on our list of USF Football Players entering the 2021 season is one of Dade County's finest. Read more to find out who the top player on the countdown is.

There is one spot remaining on my 2021 USF Football Top 5 Players List. For those of you who are reading this, it is probably pretty obvious who holds the number one spot. In my opinion, they are the best player on the South Florida Football team.

Straight out of the 3-0-5 via Miami Central High School, this senior Linebacker has had an impact on defense since 2018.

Standing at 6’3” and weighing 228 pounds, Dwayne Boyles is the current holder of the #1 spot on my list.

#1: Dwayne Boyles

Since coming to Tampa, the last name “Boyles” has become a household name for USF Football fans. The presence he has had for the Bulls has never gone unnoticed.

2018: Freshman Year

Right off the bat, Boyles saw the field in his first season as a Bull. He started in 2 games, at Weakside Linebacker, and ended the season with 20 tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup, and one fumble recovery.

That was just the start for Boyles. His statistics began to rise as well as his presence on the field.

2019: Sophomore Year

When I said his presence began to rise, I was not kidding. In his second season at South Florida, Boyles tallied 75 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and two pass breakups.

Talk about 0 to 100 real quick. Between his first and second season, his statistics skyrocketed. Out of his 75 tackles, he registered 48 solo tackles.

Boyles ended the 2019 campaign ranked 18th in the AAC with 6.2 tackles per game and also finished 12th in tackles for loss.

2020: Junior Year

The 2020 season is what put the icing on the cake for me as to why Boyles was deserving of the top spot on this list.

In 2020, Boyles only appeared in six of South Florida’s nine games. Due to Covid-19 protocol, he was ineligible for the three other games.

In Boyles’ six games, he racked up 44 tackles, five tackles for loss, one interception, one blocked kick, two pass breakups, and two Quarterback Hurries.

His 44 tackles ranked 2nd on the team.

To be able to end the season with those types of numbers in just six games is unfathomable. Only the best of the best make their presence known game after game. Imagine what Boyles’ statistics would have been if he had played all nine games.

What’s Next?

A career-defining season. That is what’s next.

The impact that Boyles has this season will determine each game how the Bulls perform. To be honest, I am not even just talking about his on-field performance. As a Senior, he must help pave his team to success each week. It is his job to show up and motivate his teammates and fuel their hearts with passion and energy.

As Boyles nearly did in 2019, I think in 2021, he hits the 80-tackle benchmark.

Look out for #11 on defense this season. You do not what to miss what he is capable of producing.

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