Mike White wins Bulls QB job
TAMPA -- USF sophomore quarterback Mike White, who started the final five games of 2013, will retain his job for now.
The program announced on its official Twitter feed Sunday night that White will start the Bulls' Aug. 30 season opener against Western Carolina at Raymond James Stadium. The youngest QB in camp, White, 19, was informed at a Sunday evening team meeting.
The announcement follows a two-week competition that also featured junior Steven Bench, Sarasota walk-on Evan Wilson and oncoming freshman Quinton Flowers. On Saturday, following the Bulls' second live scrimmage of August, Coach Willie Taggart said a decision was forthcoming.
"We want to go into next week being pretty sure on who we're gonna work with and who we'll continue to bring along with us," he said.
The first commitment of the Taggart era, White was a 186-pound rookie with two college pass attempts when he became USF's fourth starting quarterback of 2013 in an Oct. 31 game at Houston. Statistically he delivered his best performance (26-for-41, 311 yards, two TDs, one INT) in that 35-23 defeat.
In the ensuing four games -- all losses -- he threw eight picks and one TD. Now 25 pounds heavier, White -- and Bench, for that matter -- have been lauded by Taggart for their overall accuracy and command of the offense.
"After the Houston game, I felt the need to kind of make more plays," White said last Monday. "And being a quarterback, you've got to realize that not every play is gonna be a 15-yard completion. There's gonna be some times you need to throw it away and live to see another down.
"And I think I kind of got away from that toward the end of the year. And that's one thing I've been working on (in camp). ... I think that was the biggest thing, I tried to push too much instead of just letting the playmakers make the plays."