TE McFarland Gets NCAA waiver to play in 2011

Coach Skip Holtz and the USF Bulls football team got great news Tuesday when the NCAA granted a waiver request for Michael McFarland, who transferred from Florida this summer, that will allow him to be eligible to play for the Bulls immediately.

The Bulls got great news on Tuesday, when the NCAA announced that that former Blake standout Michael McFarland, who transferred from Florida Gators to USF this summer, has been granted a waiver that will allow him to suit up and play for USF this fall.

The 6-foot-5, 245 pound tight end was added to the current USF roster this summer and has been practicing with the team and looked good while doing so. With players graduating and a season ending injury to TE Jeff Hawkins, McFarland will add immediate depth at the position.

Coming out of high school, the former Blake stand-out was a four-star prospect and rated the No. 12 tight end in the country by Scout.com. McFarland had plenty of offers out of high school, but chose the Gators. McFarland enrolled early at UF in January of 2010 and dressed for three Florida games during his, but never played as a true freshman. In 2011 he was held out of Florida's spring game in April with an ankle injury. This summer he asked for his transfer release and got it.

McFarland joined the team in august and USF was seeking a hardship waiver due to his father's illness that would allow him to play immediately this fall, now that he's received it he can play immediately and will have four years of eligibility with the Bulls.

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