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USF undecided on QB for Michigan State game

TAMPA — Less than two days before USF and Michigan State meet in East Lansing, the Bulls are undecided on a starting quarterback.

Coach Willie Taggart told reporters in a conference call Thursday that he'd like to evaluate his quarterbacks — especially Matt Floyd and Bobby Eveld — in the afternoon practice, especially since lightning cut Wednesday's drills short.

"We've been hit with some more adversity with the rain and lightning, so we're going to evaluate those guys throughout (Thursday) … a big-time practice for us," he said.

Michigan State also hasn't announced a starting QB, with last week's starter Andrew Maxwell battling three challengers. Taggart said his lack of a starter isn't a tactical move, he just isn't ready to decide yet.

Floyd earned the starting job to open the season but struggled to move the offense consistently, throwing interceptions on the final throw of the first half and the first throw of the second in a humbling 53-21 loss Saturday to Division I-AA McNeese State. That put him on the bench, and Eveld fared better, throwing for two TD passes in relief.

Taggart had said last week that he didn't want Floyd looking over his shoulder, that the starting job wouldn't be evaluated each week, but he had a different attitude Thursday.

"It's just one week. I don't think you go off the plan off of one game. I think each week, you have to re-evaluate where you are and reset your goals and … make sure you're doing what's best for the football team," Taggart said. "We're going to make sure we're doing that every week."

FSU: Praise for WRs

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State QB Jameis Winston has garnered national praise for his passing performance at Pittsburgh on Monday.

The redshirt freshman went 25-of-27 passing for 356 yards and four touchdowns.

But an underrated aspect of the passing efficiency was the play of the wide receivers, who had no drops. Coach Jimbo Fisher said he can't remember the last time that happened.

"The guys around Jameis played extremely well," he said. "They got to where they were supposed to be at the time they were supposed to be there.

"Those guys were catching the ball, making plays in critical situations. They did a great job of making him comfortable and allowing him to function."

switch to RB: DB Karlos Williams, who struggled at times against Pitt, has moved to running back to help a thin position. RB James Wilder (shoulder) is day to day.

Times wires

Up next

UCF: at FIU, 8 tonight, CBSSN

USF: at Michigan State, noon Saturday, ESPNU

UF at Miami: noon Saturday, ESPN

FSU: vs. Nevada, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14, TV TBA

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