Notes: Eveld impresses with play in relief
Here are Tuesday's practice notes, from Times correspondent Jeff Odom ...
TAMPA -- USF senior QB Bobby Eveld earned praise Tuesday from offensive coordinator Walt Wells for the way he handled himself during Saturday's 53-21 loss against Division I-AA McNeese State.
After starter Matt Floyd was pulled in the third quarter for throwing two interceptions, including one that was returned 76 yards for a touchdown, Eveld entered the game down 40-7. He proceeded to lead the offense down field for two touchdown passes, including a 59-yard strike to WR Stephen Bravo-Brown.
The Jesuit graduate finished 10 of 20 passing for 137 yards. He also added 21 yards on the ground.
"He got down there and he was just competing," Wells said. "His effort was unbelievable and we were really proud of him for coming in and responding the way he did. A lot of guys wouldn't respond the way Bobby responded in a situation like that. That speaks highly of his character and what type of person he is."
Coach Willie Taggart said he will make the final decision on who's starting against Michigan State by the end of the week.
SPENCER DONE: Redshirt freshman DB Jalen Spencer will undergo season-ending surgery because of a separated right shoulder, Taggart announced. Spencer, a Pensacola native, made 1.5 tackles in Saturday's game, but left with his arm in a sling. He injured the same shoulder during training camp.
Taggart said multiple players will be looked at to fill the void, including freshman Nate Godwin (Freedom), who had 3.5 tackles in his collegiate debut.