Eveld to start Saturday vs. Louisville
TAMPA -- Bulls senior QB Bobby Eveld will make his second consecutive start in Saturday's nationally televised game against Louisville, but a Steven Bench appearance isn't totally out of the question.
A Marcus Shaw cameo also remains possible, Coach Willie Taggart indicated.
Speaking on the American Athletic Conference weekly coaches' teleconference Monday morning, Taggart said he still doesn't yet know whether Shaw (leg) or Bench (knee) -- USF's top rusher and onetime starting QB, respectively -- will play Saturday.
Both were injured in the first half of the Bulls' Oct. 5 win against Cincinnati. USF is coming off a bye week.
"So far they're on course, they're getting better," said Taggart, who gives his players Monday off. "I'll know more (Tuesday) once they go out and run around, but I wouldn't expect Bench to come in and start. Bobby will be our starter and we'll go from there.
"Those guys (Bench and Shaw), we'll see how they practice and perform, but they've been out a couple of weeks and will take time to get into the swing of things. We'll see how it goes."
ODDS AND ENDS: Fourteen members of USF's 1997 inaugural team will be introduced on the
field during Saturday's game. ... Former Buccaneers WR Joey Galloway will serve as analyst
for the ESPN2 broadcast. ... Louisville (6-1, 2-1), coming off a 38-35 loss to UCF, has a history of responding flatly to defeats. The Cardinals dropped their first game of 2012, 45-36 at Syracuse, on Nov. 10, then lost their next game two weeks later in triple-overtime at home against UConn.
AUDIBLE: "You can't allow one loss to beat you twice. We've just got to get our players back, get 'em back focused. It's all about preparation. We had our opportunities the other night and we didn't handle it. It's about us and about this team and them just working to get it going again." -- Louisville coach Charlie Strong, whose team's faint national title hopes were dashed in Friday's loss to UCF