Taggart giving younger QBs shots with No. 1 offense
USF coach Willie Taggart surprised his players with a 3 a.m. wakeup call and 4 a.m. practice today -- more on that later -- but first a few leftover notes from last night, where the D'vario Montgomery news stood out as the biggest development.
-- Returning QBs Bobby Eveld and Matt Floyd have gotten much of the reps with the No. 1 offense, but Taggart said he gave freshman Mike White and sophomore Steven Bench an extended look with better personnel around them Tuesday.
"We switched it up and let Mike and Steven go with the 1s," Taggart said by phone from Vero, noting that White scored a touchdown on a well-executed naked bootleg. "It was kind of up and down. They did some good things and some not so good things. They're still a work in progress. You do things like that and it sparks other guys. We weren't doing well offensively, and I thought it'd spark the offense. (White) did a great job in a red-zone scrimmage. They're not really there yet, trying to read it on the run, and it's too hard for them."
Taggart said he might trim down his offense and let the newcomers try running a scaled-down version to see how they handle mastering a smaller amount of plays. "
-- Another turnover on Tuesday for freshman corner Lamar Robbins -- that's three in camp so far. Walk-on Tommie Hankerson had a takeaway as well.
-- Taggart, needless to say, is a big fan of the get-on-the-bus video. "I didn't know it was going to be animated, to be honest," said Taggart, who got to see the video last week and was "dying laughing" -- took him back to hey-hey-hey Fat Albert videos. The biggest test? His two sons saw it and loved it.
-- Taggart's goal for this morning's scrimmage going in? "I want to limit some of these missed assignments. We have to know what we're doing. We've had enough practice now where we should be a lot better at that. Coaches won't be on the field, so players can't rely on them telling them 'Go here, go there.' They have to go out and play ball and communicate with each other, like they will in games."