USF defensive back KJ Sails plays waiting game before senior season

East Bay grad hopes season starts on time
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Posted at 6:37 PM, Mar 25, 2020

South Florida defensive back KJ Sails chose not to enter the 2020 NFL draft and returned to school for his senior season. Now, the Tampa native has to play the waiting game with the coronavirus and the NCAA suspending all sports.

The entire spring sports season was canceled, and college athletes remain in limbo as to what will happen in the fall.

Despite the fact that there was no spring practice, Sails is still putting in as much work as he can. The East Bay grad went to Miami to work out with Antonio Brown and a handful of draft hopefuls.

With the team facilities closed, he's also doing on-field drills anywhere he can.

"You gotta do what you gotta do," Sails said Wednesday afternoon. "You gotta handle your business and still stay engaged with everything that's going on. If you're grinding, it can't stop your grind, so you gotta do something."

The team hasn't been able to have in-person meetings, but Sails said head coach Jeff Scott makes sure they can huddle online and with their cell phones.

"I know Coach Scott has done a great job of getting us to stay connected with each other and having meetings every day. We still stay connected with the meetings so that we get the playbooks down and everything like that."

Sails supports the idea of the NCAA giving student-athletes an extra year of eligibility if their season is wiped out by the coronavirus.

"They worked their tails off to get to where they are. To have this taken away from them due to this epic event is tragic. So I think this can help everybody as a whole."