Holtz 'very happy' with Daniels' management at QB
Much the same way he was after USF's bowl win against Clemson last season, USF coach Skip Holtz said he was pleased by the way quarterback B.J. Daniels managed the offense Saturday's win at No. 16 Notre Dame, with 30 passes and 12 carries without a turnover.
"Very happy with his maturity and the way he's developed. I keep saying what a difference a year makes," Holtz said Monday during the weekly Big East coaches teleconference. "He was coming off the field saying 'Coach, the safety went over, the linebacker came out. I was going to throw the curl but I thought he was in the way.' Everything he said was exactly the way it was happening on the field. I think his field presence, his poise, his management of the game. Not only did he not throw an interception throwing the ball 30 times, but he never put it in danger. He never hit one of their defenders. I thought he did a great job of managing the game and protecting the ball. Overall ... night and day difference from a year ago."
Daniels completed 18 of 30 passes for 128 yards -- just 4.3 yards per attempt, while Notre Dame averaged 8.0 -- and rushed for 37 yards, despite hamstring issues that came up late in the first half, limiting his second-half running. From an accuracy standpoint, only once in Daniels' USF career has he thrown more passes and still gone without an interception -- he had 34 attempts and no picks in a win against Louisville in 2009.
This week's opponent, Ball State, allowed Indiana to throw for 272 yards in the Cardinals' win Saturday, including a 65-yard touchdown pass.