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No word on QB -- yet



Bulls coach Willie Taggart has decided on a starting quarterback for the Miami game. What he hasn't decided on is when he'll reveal his choice.

Around noon Monday, Taggart said on the American Athletic Conference weekly coaches' teleconference he hadn't settled on a starter, but could by the end of the day.

Roughly six hours later, on his weekly radio show, he said he had made a decision -- presumably senior Bobby Eveld or sophomore Steven Bench -- but never revealed it. Taggart is expected to announce his choice at Tuesday's weekly press conference.

"We just need leadership from that position," Taggart said on his radio show. "If we don't need it anywhere else, we need it from that position, and guys that are going to rally the troops and get their teammates to play for them.

"I think that's so important. I think that's something that's missing with our guys. I think they're all capable of doing it, it's just a matter of them doing it and doing it consistently."

THE 'U' VS. THE YOUTH: In the wake of the Bulls' bye week, when coaches staged a couple of
scrimmages to showcase young guys, Taggart hinted Monday more rookies could be on the verge
of playing time.

Among those whom Taggart said could debut against Miami: 328-pound freshman DT Derrick
Calloway of Bradenton Manatee and Miami Northwestern RB Darius Tice. Backup CB Lamar Robbins also could get an increased role, Taggart said.

A two-time Class 7A all-state pick (and 2012 state shot put champ in 4A), Calloway totaled 13 sacks and 57 tackles for losses at Manatee -- Taggart's alma mater. Tice was a 1,200-yard rusher as a senior, earning second-team 6A all-state honors.

"The more they get familiar with what we're doing and we're comfortable with them going in," Taggart said, "the more they'll play for us."

LOCAL TIES: Officially, USF has six players who list Miami as their hometown, but that doesn't include several others from neighboring southeast Florida communities. Miami has nine players who hail from Hillsborough or Pinellas counties.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Bulls' Oct. 5 home game against Cincinnati -- their conference opener --
will be broadcast on ESPN3. Kickoff time hasn't yet been determined. ... Taggart said S JaQuez Jenkins, who sustained an unspecified lower-body injury against FAU, "ran around a
little bit" Sunday, but his status for the Miami game will depend on how he practices Tuesday
and Wednesday.

AUDIBLE: "I think the 'U' is back. I think they're back." -- Taggart on Miami

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