Joey Knight, USF and Colleges Reporter

Joey Knight

USF and Colleges Reporter

I'm a fourth-generation Floridian born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, which makes me somewhat of a demographic outlier. My family arrived in Zephyrhills before McDonald's, and I've resided there most of my life. When I was a grade-schooler, my passions were sports and creative writing, in that order. Today I'm an old-schooler (don't be dissing on '80s hard rock), and that order has been flipped. I love telling stories, be they about first basemen or first responders. These days, I cover college sports with an emphasis on USF, but I'll dabble in other stuff (Rays, Gasparilla Distance Classic, etc.).

USF’s KJ Sails embracing life as defensive stalwart, and dad

USF defensive back KJ Sails (9) breaks up a pass intended for South Carolina State wide receiver Will Vereen during a Sept. 14 game at Raymond James Stadium. Chris O'Meara  |  Associated Press
Life, and death, compelled the East Bay High alumnus to transfer from North Carolina

USF’s Blake Barnett set for season-ending surgery

USF quarterback Blake Barnett (11) tackled by SMU linebacker JC Rispress (32) while throwing during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 28. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
The graduate transfer quarterback injured his ankle against SMU.

College football midseason review: The good, the bad and the ugly

Florida head coach Dan Mullen prepares to take the field with his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) John Raoux  |  AP
Some mid-year thoughts on the Florida Gators, FSU Seminoles, USF Bulls, plus some predictions for what happens next.

USF’s Jordan McCloud barely could grip ball vs. BYU, Kerwin Bell says

USF quarterback Jordan McCloud (12), scoring a touchdown during the second half against BYU, had to wear a glove on his injured throwing hand to help him grip the ball. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
Additionally, the redshirt freshman continues nursing an injured shoulder

USF’s offensive front a woe-line no more

USF quarterback Jordan McCloud (12) runs past BYU defensive lineman Zac Dawe (99) for a touchdown behind Bulls guard Demetris Harris during the second half of Saturday's 27-23 triumph at Raymond James Stadium. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
The Bulls’ resurgent offensive line has helped spark a two-game win streak