Taggart on radio: Lack of starting QB 'disappointing'
Not ready to name a starting quarterback 10 days before his season opener, USF coach Willie Taggart said Wednesday morning on a national radio show that the absence of a single QB emerging from the pack has been disappointing.
"The one thing I've been a little disappointed in is that no one has separated themselves," Taggart said while on the Tim Brando Show on Sirius Radio and the CBS Sports Network. "That's the point I've been disappointed in. I think we have guys capable of doing it, but no one has stepped up and said 'Hey, I'm going to make this an easy decision for Coach Taggart to make.' That's been disappointing. We're still battling it out, and hopefully here we have enough time in the next few days where guys can step up and take it and run with it."
Taggart has been consistent in saying the two QBs who were at USF for spring drills -- senior Bobby Eveld and sophomore Matt Floyd -- are ahead because of their familiarity with the offense, and he's said that Floyd is making more plays but also more mistakes, and he puts a premium on limiting turnovers at the quarterback position. Two newcomers, Penn State transfer Steven Bench and freshman Mike White, have shown promise but haven't shown the consistency Taggart is looking for in a starting quarterback.
"I think all of our guys can go in and execute our offense and help us win ballgames," Taggart said. "I'm a highly competitive guy and I want guys that separate themselves, going out and competing against each other every day, to not only be the man but make it not even close. I think that's what you want at that position, being a QB. I think we have guys that can get the job done. Again, what I'm looking for, I'm not necesssarily getting right now."