TAMPA — When redshirt freshman Matt Floyd won USF's backup QB job in August, junior Bobby Eveld agreed with coach Skip Holtz's plan to redshirt him, giving him another season of eligibility after senior starter B.J. Daniels graduated.
But Daniels' season-ending ankle injury has potentially changed those plans, with Eveld now competing with Floyd after not playing in the first nine games. The Jesuit High grad, a former walk-on now on scholarship, said he'll be okay whether he wins the job next week or keeps his redshirt on.
"It would be fun to get back on the field. (But) it'd be nice to have an extra year," Eveld said. "Either way, whatever Coach Holtz decides, I know he's trying to make the best decision, not only for me but for the team."
Holtz said both players fared well in three days of nonpad practice this week.
"I feel like I had a really good three days, and I feel like Matt had a good three days, too," Eveld said. "It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out."
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
UF: Praise for Brissett
GAINESVILLE — Florida's Jacoby Brissett has acknowledged being very disappointed about getting beaten out by Jeff Driskel for starting QB. Coaches and teammates say Brissett has never let it show and praise his attitude.
Coach Will Muschamp said he has been "more than pleased" with Brissett and doesn't believe the sophomore is considering transferring.
"That kid has been a pure professional about it," offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. "He's had a good attitude. Even at halftimes, he has suggestions. At practice, he's into practice. I appreciate his support."
UM: Surge for DE
CORAL GABLES — DE Shayon Green, limited to six games by injuries the previous two seasons, leads Miami in tackles with 57 this season.
The redshirt junior would be the first defensive lineman to finish a season as the Hurricanes' leading tackler if he can continue his pace.
"Any time a defensive lineman leads your team in tackles, it means he plays with tremendous effort because those plays don't just come to him," defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said.
In a victory over Virginia Tech on Nov. 1, Green received a perfect grade from the coaches.
"When I was at the bottom and working my way up, I really didn't know how this would be," he said. "And now I see."
South Florida Sun Sentinel