Former Bull Schuyler Found, Search Continues

Former USF football player Nick Schuyler was found clinging to a boat in the Gulf of Mexico Monday. Schuyler, a former USF football player was one of four boaters who went missing Saturday evening off the Florida coast while on a fishing trip. The search continues for Will Bleakley, a former USF tight end, Corey Smith, and Marquis Cooper of the NFL.

Former USF football player Nick Schuyler was found clinging to a boat in the Gulf of Mexico Monday. Schuyler was one of four football players who went missing Saturday evening off the Florida coast while on a fishing trip. The other three players included former USF tight end Will Bleakley, Detroit Lions free agent Corey Smith, and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper.

The Coast Guard had been searching for the four men since they were reported missing early Sunday morning, one day after they left on a fishing trip. The four men went out of Clearwater in the morning and a wave flipped the boat over during a storm late Saturday and he and his friends held onto the boat's hull, before being separated. Schuyler, who was wearing a life vest, had been hanging onto the boat found by a Coast Guard cutter 35 miles off Clearwater.

Schuyler was a walk-on with the USF football team in 2006 but never played for the Bulls was taken to Tampa General Hospital in serious but stable condition, but is expected to be okay. The other three players included former USF tight end Will Bleakley, who played tight end at USF from 2002 to 2006. Detroit Lions free agent Corey Smith, and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, who both was former Buccaneer's. Bleakley along with the other two NFL players still remain missing as the search coast guard continues the search.



The Coast Guard, which was once searching an area of 16,000 square miles, has narrowed the search field significantly. The search has been ongoing since early Sunday, when the four boaters did not return from a Saturday fishing trip.


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