Fullback Kennard Swanson no longer with USF

Redshirt sophomore fullback Kennard Swanson is no longer with the program because of academics. He appeared in 11 games last season. PHOTO PROVIDED BY USF ATHLETICS

USF fullback Kennard Swanson has left the program for academic-related reasons, team officials confirmed Friday.

The redshirt sophomore, who appeared in 11 games last season, was with the Bulls for the start of preseason practice in early August, but has not been on the field for about three weeks.

A former three-star recruit out of Lake Gibson High in Lakeland, Swanson signed with USF in February 2013 over offers from LSU, Ole Miss, Southern Cal and others.

Swanson caught 13 passes for 206 yards — including a 52-yard reception at Wisconsin — last season. He also carried the ball nine times for 28 yards.