VERO BEACH — Much can change between now and USF's Sept. 1 season opener, but redshirt freshman Matt Floyd has moved ahead of junior Bobby Eveld in the QB battle to be the top backup to B.J. Daniels.
"Right now, Matt would be the (No.) 2," coach Skip Holtz said after practice at Vero Beach Sports Village. "They've gone back and forth, but when you look at what Matt did in the scrimmage, that's all we have to go on.
"We keep saying the jobs are going to be determined on the field, and all I can do is put them in game-like situations and make the evaluations on whoever does the best in those situations. As tight as it is, as nip-and-tuck as that has gone, it may very well change when we get to Saturday (scrimmage) predicated on how Matt Floyd plays."
Floyd pulled ahead with a solid showing in Monday's first fall scrimmage, where he completed his first 11 passes, including a touchdown to WR Ruben Gonzalez. Floyd, at USF since January 2011, redshirted last fall; Eveld has been the top backup the past two seasons, starting twice when Daniels was injured.
Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch, now also quarterbacks coach, said both have practiced well, but Floyd has been the more consistent.
"Bobby started a little slow but then at the end threw some very nice balls," Fitch said. "I thought Matt probably carried over from spring when he showed some flashes of possibly being the backup. He continued to show that's a strong possibility."
HEALING FAST: USF scrimmaged Monday with five of its top eight defensive linemen sidelined at some point by injuries, but most returned to practice Tuesday.
Most notable was senior DT Cory Grissom, who has been sidelined since breaking his right ankle late in spring drills but looked good running through drills. DT Todd Chandler, who had a boot on his foot Monday, practiced as well, as did DE Julius Forte, who missed the first week of fall practice with a sprained ankle.
Holtz said two injuries he was concerned about after Monday's scrimmage, RB Bradley Battles' ankle and Gonzalez's wrist, both had X-rays come back without showing major damage, so he expects both back at full strength in about a week.
Holtz said he should be able to release a new depth chart this morning, but that there was some "jostling" from the two-deep entering fall drills and he wanted to discuss changes with individual players first.
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