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Brett Kean named Bulls' backup QB

USF redshirt freshman Brett Kean (7) will enter the season as the No. 2 quarterback behind Quinton Flowers (9), Coach Willie Taggart confirmed.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

USF redshirt freshman Brett Kean (7) will enter the season as the No. 2 quarterback behind Quinton Flowers (9), Coach Willie Taggart confirmed.

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Bulls coach Willie Taggart confirmed Tuesday morning what spring practices and recent scrimmages seemed to suggest: redshirt freshman Brett Kean is his backup quarterback.

Kean, who guided Ohio's St. Edward High to a state title in 2014, exited spring practice at No. 2 on the depth chart and remained there as recently as Saturday night's closed scrimmage. According to the Bulls' official Twitter feed, he directed at least two touchdown drives in that 120-play situational rehearsal.

UCLA transfer Asiantii Woulard presumably is the No. 3 QB at this point.

"Brett has had an outstanding camp; really, really stepped it up," said Taggart, whose team practiced in shells Tuesday morning, when feel-like temperatures eclipsed 100 degrees. "I think...not necessarily surprised all of us, but really impressed all of us."

As for those making the snaps, the depth chart remains undecided. Taggart said fourth-year junior Cameron Ruff -- a Jesuit High alumnus -- and redshirt freshman Michael Galati still are competing.

"They're getting after it. Guys aren't giving in to either one," Taggart said.

"When Mike's in there, the offensive line will move. And when Cam's in there the offensive line moves. For me, it's been pretty good knowing that whatever we decide to (do) we'll be very confident in whoever we go with in that they can help lead our offense."

TWO TIGHTS? Clearly, Taggart and his offensive staff are enamored with the possibilities provided by the tight-end tandem of sophomore Kano Dillon and redshirt freshman Mitch Wilcox, seemingly 1 and 1A, respectively, on the depth chart at this point.

Wilcox, who at 245 is 20 pounds heavier than his listed weight this time last year, confirmed two-tight packages abound in the playbook.

"Oh yeah, our two-tight package is in full effect and we're gonna be using it a lot," he said.

Tight ends coach David Reaves also confirmed the likelihood of one or both periodically lining up as an H-back, similar to what Sean Price did in 2015.

"That's what we do, we move our tight ends all around the field," Reaves said. "And that's the cool thing about this offense and the cool thing about this position group, I think they can play everywhere."

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 1:23pm]

    

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