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Floyd to start at QB for USF Bulls

USF coach Willie Taggart has made his decision: Redshirt sophomore Matt Floyd won a close competition and will start at quarterback in Saturday's season opener against McNeese State.

Floyd, who started the final two games of last season after senior B.J. Daniels broke his left leg, edged senior Bobby Eveld and two newcomers in a battle that persisted from spring ball into the final week of preseason drills.

Floyd threw two touchdowns to Andre Davis during USF's spring game but also had problems with fumbles (mostly snaps). Last season, he fumbled seven times, losing three.

Floyd, from Milton in the Panhandle, struggled in his two starts in 2012, a 27-10 loss at Cincinnati and 27-3 home loss to Pittsburgh. Overall in seven appearances, he threw for 466 yards, no touchdowns and five interceptions.

Besides Eveld, he beat out Penn State transfer Steven Bench and freshman Mike White.

Taggart previously said Floyd was making more plays than Eveld, a Jesuit High graduate, but he needed him to limit his mistakes, something he has shown the ability to do in recent days.

>>Fast facts

Matt Floyd

Class: Redshirt sophomore

Height/weight: 6-1; 202

High school: Milton

2012 Stats

G GS Com. Att. Yds. TD Int.

7 2 57 110 466 0 5

2012 starts

Com. Att. Pct. Yds. TD Int. Rec.

33 65 50.8 269 0 3 0-2

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