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USF QBs still battling to earn starting nod



Here are Thursday's practice notes from Times correspondent Jeff Odom.

TAMPA -- USF QBs Bobby Eveld and Matt Floyd said Thursday that they weren't taken aback by coach Willie Taggart's comments that he is disappointed at the lack of a front-runner for the starting job.

Taggart told the Tim Brando Show on Sirius/XM Radio Wednesday that no one has stepped up to take the reins, making the final decision of naming a starter more difficult.

Eveld, a senior and former Tampa Jesuit standout, said he understands the frustration.

"I feel like I'm making a lot of progress and as far as the competition goes, it's real tight," Eveld said. "I know coach Taggart really wanted someone to pull away from the competition and kind of make his job easy. ... All the quarterbacks are working hard and obviously, we all want that job."

One of the main things that Taggart has harped on isn't just avoiding mistakes like turnovers, but missed routes and wrong play calls, too.

Floyd, a sophomore, said staying consistent will be key moving forward with each quarterback in the competition, which includes Penn State transfer Steven Bench, freshman Mike White and redshirt freshman Tommy Eveld.

"I think that's what each one of us need to do and are trying to do with this (offensive) system to earn (Taggart's) trust and get the job," Floyd said.

INJURY UPDATE: Taggart said sophomore G Thor Jozwiak (irregular heartbeat) is showing signs of improvement and has started conditioning workouts.

"Everything is going as planned" Taggart said. "He felt good, he's in great spirits and we're going to gradually bring him back along. We just want to make sure it's right for him first."

[Last modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:57pm]


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