In recent years at USF there has been an upperclassman that has developed into the go to wide receiver for Matt Grothe and BJ Daniels, from Jessie Hester, Taurus Johnson, Carlton Mitchell and most recently Dontavia Bogan. Each of these receivers came up big for the Bulls, however the maturity, leadership and play from Senior Dontavia Bogan this season, puts him above the rest.
This past offseason, the wide receiver group at USF was looking to be a promising one, with Bogan, AJ Love and Sterling Griffin returning. However, like most other things for the Bulls, this did not go as planned. Love tore an ACL during spring practice and was not able to return this season; he was granted a 6th year by the NCAA and will play next season. Sterling Griffin injured his ankle during the summer workouts and similar to Love was not able to get close enough to game shape to make a difference. Holtz decided to hold Griffin out the rest of the year and let him heal up to 100% for next season; Griffin was granted a medical redshirt year for his injury this season.
That left USF with only one scholarship wide receiver, Dontavia Bogan. The rest of the group, “The Land of Misfit Toys” as Coach Skip Holtz referred to them, were converted from other positions, such as Evan Landi from QB, Joel Miller RB and Lindsey Lamar RB.
Bogan tallied up 46 receptions, 673 yards and 6 touchdowns on the season, all career highs for Dontavia. All this was with (essentially) 2 games missed (injured early in UF game with 1 catch on opening drive). These numbers were more than the next 2 leading receivers combined (Evan Landi and Lindsey Lamar respectively).
Defenses knew that Bogan was the “go-to” passing option for Daniels and USF, however this did not slow him down. No matter where the ball was placed, Daniels and Eveld knew that Bogan would catch it; if he didn’t come down with it, no one else would. This trust from the signal callers and the coaching staff shined all season long.
His physical ability to go up and fight for the ball was clutch in multiple games on the season. During the Pittsburgh game, the Panther’s Cornerbacks simply resorted to pass interference due to their inability to compete with him. He drew 2 of these calls on USF’s only touchdown drive of the game.
Also down in Miami, Bobby Eveld knew exactly where to look when the Bulls were down with time running out in the 4th quarter.
From a fan’s perspective, it was clear that the tighter the spot the more that Bogan came up for the USF offense. Look no more than Bogan’s 48 yard catch from BJ Daniels against the Louisville Cardinals, (which if you ask him, he states that this was his favorite play of the season).
Dontavia was one of the bright spots during the 2010 Season, his play will be surely missed, as well as his leadership on the field and in the locker room.