Thursday, January 18, 2018
Colleges

USF quarterbacks accept Taggart criticism

TAMPA — USF quarterbacks Bobby Eveld and Matt Floyd said Thursday they weren't taken aback by coach Willie Taggart's comments that he is disappointed at the lack of a front-runner for the starting job.

Taggart told the Tim Brando Show on Sirius satellite radio Wednesday that no one has stepped up, making the starting decision more difficult.

Eveld, a senior and former Tampa Jesuit standout, said he understands the frustration.

"I feel like I'm making a lot of progress, and as far as the competition goes, it's real tight," Eveld said.

"I know Coach Taggart really wanted someone to pull away from the competition and kind of make his job easy. … All the quarterbacks are working hard, and obviously, we all want that job."

Among the main things Taggart has harped on are missed routes and wrong play calls.

Floyd, a sophomore, said staying consistent will be key moving forward for each quarterback in the competition, which includes Penn State transfer Steven Bench, freshman Mike White and redshirt freshman Tommy Eveld, Bobby's brother and also a Tampa Jesuit graduate.

"I think that's what each one of us need to do and are trying to do with this (offensive) system — to earn (Taggart's) trust and get the job," Floyd said.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore G Thor Jozwiak (irregular heartbeat) is improving and has started conditioning workouts, Taggart said. "Everything is going as planned" Taggart said. "He felt good, he's in great spirits, and we're going to gradually bring him back along. We just want to make sure it's right for him first."

FSU: Injuries not bad

TALLAHASSEE — Health has been a concern for FSU this week.

Several players have missed time with injuries, but few of them appear serious and each player should be back for the Sept. 2 opener at Pittsburgh, coach Jimbo Fisher said.

In addition to WR Rashad Greene, who hurt a finger Monday, DT Derrick Mitchell, OL Jacob Fahrenkrug and QB John Franklin missed Wednesday's scrimmage with injuries.

Mitchell, who missed last season with a back injury, has missed time this week because of his back. Fahrenkrug was out with a shoulder injury; his left arm was in a sling. Franklin's back and a rib were bothering him and he was held out as a precaution, Fisher said.

Greene is expected to return next week at the latest.

Orlando Sentinel

UCF: DL's challenge

ORLANDO — Sophomore DL Thomas Niles is happy to take on the challenge of becoming a top pass-rushing threat for UCF.

"We're just working hard trying to be smarter pass rushers than we were last year," said the Gainesville High product, who had five sacks last season.

Orlando Sentinel

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