Holtz says Floyd, Eveld will compete for Miami start
With starting quarterback B.J. Daniels expected to be done for the season after breaking a bone in his left leg, Bulls coach Skip Holtz said that his backup, redshirt freshman Matt Floyd, isn't a sure thing to start against Miami in two weeks, with junior Bobby Eveld competing for the job despite a plan to redshirt him this season.
"We have not ruled out the possibility of Bobby Eveld playing this year," Holtz said Monday. "Those are our two scholarship quarterbacks we have remaining. ... Bobby has gotten an awful lot of reps during the course of the season. Him and Matt have kind of shared some of the duties, because if something were to happen to B.J., we're going to have to play the quarterback that gives us the best chance to win. If that's Bobby Eveld, then we're going to talk about Bobby playing in the Miami game."
With a bye week first, Holtz said he'll have a "spring practice mentality" to open the competition -- Floyd won the job in preseason, allowing Eveld to redshirt and have two years after Daniels' graduation. Floyd has played only sparingly, with some action in the opening win against Chattanooga and a single ill-fated play against Florida State in which he was blindsided and his fumble was returned for a touchdown. He finished Saturday's game, but threw only three passes, completing one pass for 3 yards.
If Floyd won the job, Holtz was asked who would step in with an injury, and he said there isn't enough time to properly prepare a player at another position -- such as receiver Victor Marc, a quarterback in high school -- to step in and take snaps as a full-time quarterback.
"We're moving along with Matt and Bobby, and we'll make a decision amongst those two," he said.
Eveld has actually played two games against Miami -- he came off the bench for the second half in 2010 when Daniels was injured and led the Bulls to a win against the Hurricanes, then got a fill-in start last season when Daniels was again injured, losing a 6-3 game in Tampa. Those two will also be competing for the 2013 starting job, though USF commitment Asiantii Woulard of Winter Park could also step in as a true freshman next fall.
INJURY UPDATE: Holtz is hopeful that some of four other key offensive players who missed the UConn game with injury -- guards Mark Popek and Danous Estenor, tight end Evan Landi and receiver Derrick Hopkins -- can make a healthy return in time for the Miami game.
Holtz said Estenor (ankle) and Popek -- out the last two and a half games with an ankle injury -- are both a "definite possibility," and Hopkins (knee) won't practice this week but could next week. Landi, who was on crutches at Saturday's game with his own ankle injury, "may be a little farther away" and would be "doubtful" for Miami.