USF's Marvin Peoples Receives NCAA Waiver

TAMPA, FLA. (August 2, 2006) – Apopka High School linebacker Marvin Peoples, who transferred to the University of South Florida this summer from Maryland, is the second USF transfer to be granted a waiver to play for the Bulls this season.

TAMPA, FLA. (August 2, 2006) – Apopka stand-out Marvin Peoples, a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker who transferred to USF this summer from Maryland, has been granted a hardship waiver. Peoples, a 2005 Apopka High School graduate, will now be eligible to play for the Bulls immediately.

Peoples who originally committed to Central Florida, then signed with Maryland where he redshirted last season, transferred to USF, and was seeking a hardship waiver of the NCAA transfer rule mandating a player sit out one season to be closer to his mother who is sick. Peoples also had offers from Notre Dame, West Virginia and Georgia Tech among others.

He was a one-year letter-winner and starter at Apopka High School in Apopka, Fl,. He transferred prior to his senior year from Evans High School in Orlando where he was a three-year letter-winner and two-year starter. He recorded 105 tackles (70 solo), eight tackles for loss, five pass breakups, a fumble recovery and an interception for touchdowns as a senior. Peoples was named second team all-state, first team all-metro, first team all-district, and was also named first team All-Orange County and All-Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel. He was also an All-Southeast region selection by PrepStar. In his one year at Apopka, the team went 9-2, losing in the regional finals. He also lettered in track.

Peoples was the second transfer to be granted a waiver this season Julian Riley, a 6-3, 290 pound defensive lineman from the University of Florida where he spent three years as a Gator including a redshirt season has also been granted a waiver of the NCAA transfer rule. Riley also will be eligible to compete in 2006 and will have two remaining seasons of eligibility.

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