AAC honors Quinton Flowers again
In the wake of his latest historic performance, Bulls QB Quinton Flowers has been named American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Flowers, a three-time winner of the award this season, also was named College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Performer of the Week for the second consecutive game. Additionally, he's among eight finalists for the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.
Flowers set a USF single-game record with 473 total yards (and five touchdowns) in the Bulls' 49-42 triumph Saturday at Memphis. In the process, he became the first USF player to collect 1,000 rushing and 2,000 passing yards in the same season.
He currently ranks 13th nationally in total offense (333.5 ypg), 15th in pass efficiency (154.2) and 18th in rushing (113.1 ypg); and appears a front-runner for AAC Offensive Player of the Year, to be announced Nov. 30.
ROSS RECOVERING: Memphis coach Mike Norvell said Tigers senior B.J. Ross has regained all movement in his limbs after taking a vicious shot from MLB Cecil Cherry on Saturday night's opening kickoff.
Norvell, however, said Ross -- a senior -- likely won't play again this season. Ross had his neck and legs stabilized on the field before being transported to a local hospital.
"He'll probably be out for the rest of the season but he'll be all right for the long term," Norvell said Monday on the AAC weekly coaches teleconference.
Bulls coach Willie Taggart said the hit was clean, indicating Ross was running toward Cherry. Norvell seemed to concur, adding he didn't get a good look at it.
"I don't think there was any false intent for what was happening. It was just a collision," Norvell said. "It was one that you see in football quite a bit, but it's hard to really see much from that."
UCF-USF KICKOFF TBA: TV has exercised its six-day window on the Nov. 26 Bulls-UCF game at Raymond James Stadium, meaning kickoff time won't be announced until next weekend. Don't be surprised if it's a night game, which would be USF's sixth in a row.