Notes: QB Daniels limited in practice
Here are Tuesday's practice notes from Times correspondent Kerry Klecic...
TAMPA -— USF offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said Tuesday that if sophomore quarterback B.J. Daniels (quad) can get near 100 percent health this week, the Bulls could use he and freshman walk-on Bobby Eveld in a two-man rotation against Connecticut.
Eveld replaced Daniels on Saturday against Miami and had an impressive performance to lead the Bulls to victory against the Hurricanes in overtime, leaving coach Skip Holtz with a tough decision on who to start. Fitch said he’s hesitant to play Daniels if he’s not near 100 percent because of his limited running ability. Daniels practiced Tuesday evening but did not do much, though he said he’s feeling better than he has in the last two weeks.
“(Daniels) was able to play last week, but he was maybe 60 or 70 percent – 70 to 60 percent when you’re a mobile quarterback,” Fitch said. “To his credit, he said he couldn’t do well enough to do what he needed to do. If it’s that (situation), you have to go with the guy that gives you the best chance to win. As I said the last couple days, I want them both healthy.”
Holtz said that for Daniels to start, he had to practice by Wednesday. Holtz also said wide receiver Evan Landi, who played quarterback last season, has been taking snaps in practice. Eveld, a Jesuit grad, said right now he’s focused on learning more of the offense, and he’s getting more comfortable every day.
“Every rep, you can’t even put a price on it,” he said. “But getting reps last week in practice and the week before, it helped me a lot. I’m going to continue to take the mental reps when I’m not in there.”
Daniels said he isn’t feeling much pain, just having flexibility issues. He said he was unable to sprint full speed. When asked if he would play Saturday, he said, “I don’t know.”
INJURY REPORT: Senior starting fullback Richard Kelly is scheduled to have surgery on his thumb today, Holtz said. Kelly injured his right thumb during the first quarter against Miami. Holtz wouldn’t rule him out for Saturday. A number of Bulls who sat out of practice Sunday participated Tuesday: senior safety Mistral Raymond (Achilles), sophomore cornerback Kayvon Webster, senior linebacker Sabbath Joseph, senior center Sampson Genus (back), sophomore wide receiver/kick returner Lindsey Lamar (shoulder) and senior defensive end Craig Marshall (foot). Defensive linemen Patrick Hampton (ankle) and Luke Sager (undisclosed) were the only other players held out. Their status for Saturday is unknown.