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Three USF football players facing theft charges

Three USF football players are facing theft charges stemming from an incident in the university’s residence halls.

It was unclear Monday what happened among the three players. The incident took place about three weeks ago, but the date could not be confirmed.

Linebackers C.J. Hunnicutt and Brouce Mompremier and defensive end Josh Julmiste, all freshmen, are facing the charges, according to Lt. Terry Gordon of the University Police. Gordon said no other information could be made available because the case is open at the state attorney’s office.

Mark Ober, state attorney for the thirteenth judicial circuit, which includes Tampa, could not be reached Monday. According to his voicemail, his office and the Tampa court system will be closed this week due to the potential arrival of Hurricane Ivan.

The incident occurred after the players had been sitting together in one of the players’ dorm rooms, said UP Sgt. Mike Klingebiel.

“One of the players left for a period of time, and then the other players took possession of his belongings,” said Klingebiel, who was speaking without the incident report at hand and said he could not remember other details surrounding the incident.

None of the players saw action in the Bulls’ 21-7 win in their season opener against Tennessee Tech on Saturday.

USF defensive coordinator Rick Kravitz confirmed that the three had not practiced since the incident, and added that they were “good kids.”

The players could not be reached for comment Monday. USF coach Jim Leavitt did not return phone calls to his office and cell phone Monday night.

Julmiste is the brother of starting quarterback Pat Julmiste. He moved from tight end to defensive end during fall practices.

Hunnicutt received praise from Leavitt during fall practices. Both he and Mompremier are likely to redshirt this season.

Thomas Simonetti contributed to this report