Monday, April 23, 2018
Colleges

FSU's Winston, Clemson's Boyd in spotlight

TALLAHASSEE — Heisman hopefuls Jameis Winston and Tajh Boyd will duel in an ACC showdown Saturday when No. 5 FSU visits No. 3 Clemson.

There's not much difference in the QBs. At least not to a couple of former NFL executives.

"This will be a game that will match up probably the two best quarterbacks on the field at one time this season," said Gil Brandt, NFL Media senior analyst. "I don't know of (another matchup) that will have two quarterbacks that are as good as these guys."

Brandt said they both have promising NFL futures.

"I don't think in the long run you can go wrong on either one. Both of them will be players on Sunday," Brandt said. "They're both very, very good athletes. Both have that very good speed for the position. Winston just may have a little stronger arm.

"They're athletic, they're strong-armed, they've got accuracy, they've got everything that you want."

Boyd and Winston are either No. 1 or No. 2 in the conference in total offense, total offensive touchdowns, yards passing per game, pass efficiency, completion percentage and TD passes.

Former Bucs and Bengals coach Sam Wyche has watched Boyd closely while living in Pickens County, S.C. He's impressed by Boyd's growth into a fundamentally sound quarterback who leads with poise.

"He's on time with his throws. He carries the ball in the correct position," Wyche said. "I've really been proud of him because of how he's handled his movement into stardom."

Both QBs are mobile, but in different ways. Brandt said Boyd tends to take off more. Winston's size allows him to muscle out of sacks.

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables described Winston as Adrian Peterson playing quarterback.

Times wires

USF: Cards at noon

TAMPA — USF's Oct. 26 homecoming game against Louisville will kick off at noon, the American Athletic Conference announced Monday.

TV information hasn't been finalized, though the school indicated it will be shown on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews or as the AAC Game of the Week. It will be the Bulls' third noon kickoff in the past four games.

BULLS HONORED: PK Marvin Kloss and LB DeDe Lattimore were named to the American's weekly five-player honor roll following their performances in Saturday's 13-10 victory at Connecticut.

Kloss hit field goals of 47 and 44 yards, including the game-winner with 4:30 to play. Lattimore had a team-best 11 tackles and a pass breakup, and returned a blocked field goal 25 yards.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

UCF: Freshman leaves

ORLANDO — UCF's defense suffered a blow with news that freshman DE Blake Keller left the team.

Coach George O'Leary said Keller left because of personal issues. The 6-foot-1, 223-pound end from Bradenton Manatee earned playing time from the opening game and led UCF with three sacks. He had eight tackles, seven solo, and four tackles for loss.

O'Leary said Keller told him, "I don't love football anymore."

With Keller gone the Knights will lean on production from Thomas Niles, Deion Green and freshman Seyvon Lowry, who had a sack against Memphis. Redshirt freshman Luke Adams will also work back into the rotation as he comes back from injury.

Orlando Sentinel

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