If South Florida’s Quinton Flowers gets a chance to play in the NFL, it may be as a running back

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times USF starting quarterback Quentin Flowers (9) may have to change positions to running back to make it in the NFL
OCTAVIO JONES | Times USF starting quarterback Quentin Flowers (9) may have to change positions to running back to make it in the NFL
Published March 3 2018
Updated March 3 2018

Quinton Flowers came to the NFL scouting combine wanting to play quarterback but he said about half the teams he has interviewed with would consider him as a  running back.

The University of South Florida star says he will play another position if it means fulfilling his dream.

"I'd say it's kind of a 50-50 thing," Flowers said. "Some teams talk about quarterback. Some teams talk about running back. At the end of the day I just want to fulfill my dream and be able to give back once I make it."

As a junior, Flowers was the American Athletic Conference's Offensive Player of the Year award as a first-team All-Conference pick at quarterback. But he was a duel threat, setting a school record for rushing yards (1,530) and scores (18) while ranking fourth in the country with 7.7 yards per carry.

At 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, he is considered undersized by NFL standards to play quarterback. But that is the position he worked out with at the combine Saturday.

"I came to do quarterback," Flowers said. "I'm doing quarterback this week. But at the end of the day, I'll do whatever it takes for the team to win. That's the type of guy I'll always be. I just want to put a smile on the coaches' face and have fun."

Flowers is projected to be a late-round pick or possibly have to try and make it to the NFL as an undrafted free agent. But being doubted is nothing new to him.

"To me growing up, it's always been about heart," Flowers said. "It's never about the size. It's never about how much you weigh. It's about how much heart you have. I've been doubted all my life. I've been going through things all my life. I played every position in high school. I'm just a guy who wants to win. I'm destined to win. I'll do whatever it takes to win."

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