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Bulls plan competition to replace Daniels

Redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Floyd, who finished Saturday’s game after the season-ending injury to starter B.J. Daniels, isn’t going to automatically be handed the starting job for USF’s next game in two weeks against Miami.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2011)

Redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Floyd, who finished Saturday’s game after the season-ending injury to starter B.J. Daniels, isn’t going to automatically be handed the starting job for USF’s next game in two weeks against Miami.

TAMPA — With starting QB B.J. Daniels expected to be done for the season after breaking a bone in his left leg, USF coach Skip Holtz said that his backup, redshirt freshman Matt Floyd, isn't a sure thing to start against Miami in two weeks, with junior Bobby Eveld competing for the job despite previous plans to redshirt him this season.

"We have not ruled out the possibility of Bobby Eveld playing this year," Holtz said Monday. "Those are our two scholarship quarterbacks we have remaining. … Bobby has gotten an awful lot of reps during the course of the season. Him and Matt have kind of shared some of the duties, because if something were to happen to B.J., we're going to have to play the quarterback that gives us the best chance to win. If that's Bobby Eveld, then we're going to talk about Bobby playing in the Miami game."

With a bye week first, Holtz said he'll have a "spring practice mentality" to open the competition. Floyd won the job in preseason, allowing Eveld to redshirt and have two years after Daniels' graduation. Floyd played in the opening win against Chattanooga and had one play against FSU, getting blindsided and having his fumble returned for a touchdown. He finished Saturday's game, completing 1 of 3 for 3 yards.

INJURY UPDATE: Holtz hopes that some of four other key offensive players who missed the UConn game with injury — guards Mark Popek and Danous Estenor, TE Evan Landi and WR Derrick Hopkins — make a healthy return for Miami.

Holtz said Estenor (ankle) and Popek — out for 21/2 games with an ankle injury — are both a "definite possibility," and Hopkins (knee) could practice next week. Landi (ankle) is doubtful for Miami.

UM: Cain reinstated

CORAL GABLES — After leaving the Hurricanes during their bye week in late October, Kelvin Cain is back with the team.

The backup DE practiced with Miami's scout team Monday for the first since leaving the squad for unspecified reasons.

"It's personal, but he has been reinstated," head coach Al Golden said. "He sorted some things out, so I'm happy for the young man. It's good to see him back out here."

The junior has 11 tackles, including one sack, in seven games this season. Last year, Cain started two games and had 20 total tackles.

Cain's name was deleted from the team's official online roster when the news of his departure broke, but it was back on the list Monday.

"Good for him," defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said. "Hopefully he has got his mind right and he's back and ready to do what we need him to do."

Sun Sentinel

FSU: Ready for change

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher knows the end may be near for the staff he currently has in place.

Though he would rather not think about it, Fisher said it will not haunt him. He is well aware some of his assistant coaches may land their own head coaching jobs.

"There's quite a few guys on our staff who can be head coaches in time," Fisher said Monday afternoon.

The most likely assistants to leave FSU if offers arose in the coming months are defensive coordinator Mark Stoops and tight ends coach and offensive coordinator James Coley. Both have been mentioned in connection with head coaching jobs in the past, but, so far, nothing concrete has materialized.

Last offseason, after reportedly being offered by Auburn an annual salary around $1 million, Stoops signed a one-year extension with FSU that paid him an $135,000 on top of his previous yearly salary.

"I don't worry (about Stoops leaving). I hope so," Fisher said. "Change is inevitable. You've got to have a plan for it and where you want to go and what you want to do. I hope he stays forever. As long as I'm here, I want him to be the defensive coordinator, but I also want him to reach his dreams and goals and become what he wants to become as a head coach."

Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

UCF: Game time set

ORLANDO — UCF's key Conference USA game at Tulsa on Nov. 17 was set for a noon start, the Knights announced.

Homefield advantage for the C-USA Championship Game could be on the line in the game between the East and West Division leaders.

Tulsa (7-2, 5-0) is undefeated at home and is second in the conference in scoring offense and first in rushing offense. UCF (7-2, 5-0) has won five straight and has been the conference's best defense, ranking atop C-USA in nearly every defensive category.

The teams have played before in the C-USA championship, both at UCF, with Tulsa winning in 2005 and UCF winning its first title in 2007.

Paul Tenorio, Orlando Sentinel

Up next

FSU: at Virginia Tech, 7:30 Thursday. TV: ESPN

Miami: at Virginia, noon Saturday. TV: Ch. 28

UF: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 12:20 Saturday. TV: Ch. 38

UCF: at UTEP, 7 Saturday. TV: Fox College Sports

USF: at Miami, Nov. 17, time and TV TBA.



Bulls plan competition to replace Daniels 11/05/12 [Last modified: Monday, November 5, 2012 10:08pm]
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