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USF Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels has injured shoulder, questionable to play Friday

Starting quarterback B.J. Daniels, who left Saturday’s game in the third quarter, has an “AC joint bruise” in his throwing shoulder.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Starting quarterback B.J. Daniels, who left Saturday’s game in the third quarter, has an “AC joint bruise” in his throwing shoulder.

TAMPA — USF's uncertainty at quarterback will likely continue for a few days as coach Skip Holtz said Monday that starter B.J. Daniels has an "AC joint bruise" in his throwing shoulder. And though his staff will leave the door open for Daniels, it will prepare sophomore Bobby Eveld as if he is starting Friday morning against Louisville.

"How much (Daniels) will be able to play or practice at this point, I don't know. He is a question mark," Holtz said. "At this point, there is a possibility that he could handle treatment and play, but I would not expect him to practice (today). … We'll wait and see how he responds to treatments, and we're going to get ready to go with Bobby Eveld."

Eveld, a former walk-on from Jesuit, played the final 24 minutes of Saturday's 6-3 loss to Miami, going 5-of-9 for 36 yards and struggling to move the ball consistently in the five possessions he played. Holtz said even a short week of repetitions as the team's No. 1 quarterback would make him better prepared for Friday's game.

"He should be ready to go, and I would think this team would rally around that," said Holtz, whose team needs one victory in its final two games to become bowl eligible for the seventh year in a row.

Eveld said Daniels was "making a lot of progress and … feeling pretty good" Monday compared with how he was two days earlier.

HAPPY HERE: Holtz, whose name has been mentioned as a target for the opening at North Carolina, addressed that speculation Monday, saying he hasn't talked to anyone from UNC and is focused on getting his team to wins in its next two games.

"It's this time of year when speculation goes on everywhere, who's going to take what job," Holtz said.

"I have not talked to anybody about the North Carolina job. I've got my head in my dungeon here, trying to do what we have to do to find a way to win. I think we have that obligation to the senior class and to the underclassmen as we're trying to build a program. I'm excited about what we're building here, excited about the progress we're making, excited about the team I'm coaching here."

Asked if he would always listen to offers from other schools — new UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham has been a good friend of Holtz's since the two were classmates at Notre Dame 25 years ago — Holtz didn't specifically deny anything but made his current focus clear.

"I'm not looking to go interview all over the country. I was offered a couple of jobs last year," Holtz said. "It's not a fanfare thing. It's not an advertising thing. It's flattering your name is mentioned. I have a great job. I have one that I chose to be here two years ago. This was a choice I made. It's where I want to be, it's what we're trying to build here, what we're trying to develop here.

"Right now, I'm going to do everything I can to find a way to get these last two wins. That's where my focus is, that's where my concentration is, that's where my efforts are going right now."

NOT PLAYING: Holtz said that backup RB Marcus Shaw and DB Spencer Boyd were suspended from Saturday's Miami game and will be suspended from Friday's Louisville game because of "in-house things … things within the team."

USF Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels has injured shoulder, questionable to play Friday 11/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 21, 2011 10:04pm]
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