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Notebook: Former USF defensive back Brown killed; not tied to testimony, Dallas police say

Joshua Brown. Special to The Oracle/GoUSFBulls

Former USF defensive back Joshua Brown was shot and killed in a parking lot four miles from his Dallas apartment complex Friday.

A key witness in the trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, Brown testified being on the fourth floor of the apartment building when he heard the incident between Guyger and her neighbor Botham Jean take place in September 2018.

Brown’s death came days after Guyger was convicted of the murder of Jean and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

No arrests have been made, however Dallas police say three men from Louisiana are suspected in connection to Brown’s death. Police also added Brown’s death was not tied in any way to his testimony.

“Our hearts and our prayers go out to him and his family and his friends,” USF coach Charlie Strong said in his weekly press conference Monday. “You hate to see that happen, especially at such a young age.”

Brown played for the Bulls in 2012 and made eight appearances. He made a career-high five tackles in USF’s 32-31 win against Nevada on Sept. 8, 2012.

Brown was 28.

Former Bulls enter XFL Draft

Two former USF quarterbacks are listed in the 2020 XFL Draft pool.

Quinton Flowers and B.J. Daniels have entered their names in the draft, which will be held from Oct. 15-16 via conference call. Results will be released on each team’s social media.

Flowers played for USF from 2014-2017 and holds the record for career touchdown passes (71) and career rushing yards (3,672).

After his career with the Bulls, Flowers signed as a running back with the Cincinnati Bengals on May 11, 2018, but was cut Aug. 31, 2019. The Indianapolis Colts signed Flowers to their practice squad Sept. 1, but he was cut less than a week later.

Flowers is listed as a quarterback in the XFL Draft pool.

Daniels played for the Bulls from 2008-2012 and was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. 

He went on to play for multiple NFL teams, the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Salt Lake Stallions in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football.

Most notably, Daniels was a part of the Seattle Seahawks team that defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Despite briefly playing as a wide receiver with the Seahawks in 2015, Daniels has been listed as a quarterback in the XFL Draft pool.

The XFL Draft has been designed so that one quarterback will be assigned to each team through the Quarterback Allocation Process. The remaining quarterbacks will be available to be drafted.

Boyles named to AAC Honor Roll list

Sophomore linebacker Dwayne Boyles was named to the AAC Honor Roll on Monday for his performance in USF’s 48-22 win against UConn on Saturday.

Boyles made eight tackles, three for a loss. Boyles contributed to 30 percent of the tackles for loss against UConn. 

He is now second on the team with 28 tackles and six for loss this season. Only senior transfer Patrick Macon ranks ahead of Boyles with 35 tackles.

Bulls moves up in TopDrawer ranking — Viens and Wagner earn Player of the Week honors

After a weekend of wins, USF women’s soccer moved up one spot to No. 21 in the poll.

Senior striker Evelyne Viens scored three goals and an assist over the weekend, while junior defender Sabrina Wagner scored a goal against Houston on Thursday.

Viens was named AAC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. Viens tallied five points against Houston, pushing her career point total to 141, setting a conference record.

Meanwhile, Wagner was named AAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Her performances against Houston and SMU helped limit USF’s opponents to one goal.