Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Mike White named USF Bulls starting QB

TAMPA — USF sophomore quarterback Mike White, who started the final five games of 2013, will retain his starting job for now.

White will start the Bulls' Aug. 30 season opener against Western Carolina at Raymond James Stadium, the Bulls announced on their Twitter account Sunday night. The youngest QB in camp, White, 19, was informed at a Sunday evening team meeting.

The announcement follows a two-week competition that also included junior Steven Bench, Sarasota walk-on Evan Wilson and freshman Quinton Flowers.

Saturday, following the Bulls' second live scrimmage of August, coach Willie Taggart said a decision was forthcoming.

"We want to go into next week being pretty sure on who we're going to work with and who we'll continue to bring along with us," he said.

The first commitment of the Taggart era, White was a 186-pound rookie with two career passes when he became USF's fourth starting quarterback of 2013 on Oct. 31 at Houston. Statistically he delivered his best performance in that 35-23 defeat: 26-for-41, 311 yards, two touchdowns, one interception.

In the ensuing four games, all losses, he threw eight interceptions and one TD pass. Now 25 pounds heavier, White said he pressed too much at the end of last season.

"That's one thing I've been working on (in camp)," he said. "I think that was the biggest thing. I tried to push too much instead of just letting the playmakers make the plays."

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