Flowers, Johnson good to go, Taggart says
USF coach Willie Taggart said QB Quinton Flowers and RB D'Ernest Johnson both will be ready to play Saturday at Navy after practicing without limitations Thursday.
Flowers sustained a left thigh contusion in the fourth quarter of the Bulls' 38-14 victory against SMU after being struck while leaping into the end zone for his third touchdown of the game. Johnson injured his knee the next possession.
"They both practiced the entire practice today and ran around well," Taggart said. "It was good to see them go out, and I think the beauty of it is each day they got better. ... Today, it was just running around without worrying about anything."
Sophomore TB Marlon Mack, held out against SMU due to lingering tightness in his hamstring, also is expected to return.
PRAISE FOR SCOTT: Taggart had high praise for Miami interim coach Larry Scott, a former USF offensive lineman and assistant, and commended him for helping during the transition when Taggart was hired in December 2012.
Scott was given the interim tag Sunday after Al Golden was fired following Miami's program-worst 58-0 loss at home to No. 3 Clemson.
"For the couple weeks that we were here together, he was a hard worker," Taggart said. "I think more importantly, he loved South Florida. He loved everything about South Florida and wanted to get it right. ... He was a great person."