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Nonstarters? USF, Michigan State still not naming QBs

Bobby Eveld threw for two touchdown passes in relief of Matt Floyd during Saturday's loss to McNeese State.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Bobby Eveld threw for two touchdown passes in relief of Matt Floyd during Saturday's loss to McNeese State.

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Less than two days before USF and Michigan State meet in East Lansing on Saturday, the Bulls do not know who their starting quarterback is. Coach Willie Taggart told reporters in a conference call Thursday that he'd like to evaluate his quarterbacks -- especially Matt Floyd and Bobby Eveld -- in Thursday's afternoon practice, especially since lightning cut Wednesday's drills short.

"We've been hit with some more adversity with the rain and lightning, so we're going to evaluate those guys throughout today. Today's a big-time practice for us."

Michigan State, for what it's worth, also hasn't announced a starting QB, with last week's starter Andrew Maxwell battling three challengers. Taggart said Thursday that his lack of a starter isn't a tactical move, but that he just isn't ready to decide yet.

Floyd earned the starting job to open the season but struggled to move the offense consistently, throwing interceptions on the final throw of the first half and the first throw of the second. That put him on the bench, and Eveld fared better, throwing for two touchdown passes in relief. Taggart had said last week he didn't want Floyd looking over his shoulder, that the starting job wouldn't be evaluated each week, but he had a different attitude Thursday after a humbling 53-21 loss to McNeese State.

"It's just one week. I don't think you go off the plan off of one game. I think each week, you have to re-evaluate where you are and reset your goals and ... make sure you're doing what's best for the football team," Taggart said. "We're going to make sure we're doing that every week."

Taggart said he has a plan in place and will stick with that plan despite the disappointing opening result. He's confident the team can make progress, even if it doesn't as quickly as fans might want.

"I had to do it at Western Kentucky. The plan doesn't always go as well as we want it to," he said. "For me personally, I see these guys every single day, watching them grow. Not just our players, our coaches and everyone in our program. It's not something that's going to happen overnight. I understood that when I decided to take this job. I knew I was getting into something I've been through before. That's the challenge I love about it, and I know the plan will work if we stay the course and continue to train everyone in this program to do it the way we want to. Good things will happen. When those good things will happen, I can't tell you when, but it won't start until we start doing the little things right."

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