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USF's Taggart seeks playmakers in week off

TAMPA — Based on Willie Taggart's comments during the American Athletic Conference weekly coaches teleconference Monday, USF's bye week represents an open casting call for offensive playmakers — and one guy to pass it to them.

After using three quarterbacks in as many games, Taggart indicated he would like to settle on one, likely Steven Bench or Bobby Eveld, this week and give that person the majority of reps during Miami week.

The league confirmed the game against the No. 16 Hurricanes, Sept. 28 at Raymond James Stadium, will start at noon.

"I think that would be really nice for our offense to get some consistency and give the majority of the reps (to one guy) and be well-prepared for the game," Taggart said. "We're going to use this week to really focus on that part and make sure we've got the right guy at that position that's going to help us produce some offense."

USF (0-3) ranks last in the league and 120th nationally in total offense (257.3 yards per game).

"I told our guys this week we're looking for playmakers, so if they're out there, come see me," Taggart said.

Shaw honored: Two days after rushing for a career-best 153 yards in Saturday's loss against Florida Atlantic, RB Marcus Shaw was among five players named to the American weekly honor roll. Shaw ranks second in the conference with 394 yards rushing.

Injury update: Taggart reported no major injuries from Saturday. He didn't elaborate on S JaQuez Jenkins, spotted on crutches in the second half, but said it was "nothing really too serious."

FSU: Crowded backfield

TALLAHASSEE — No. 8 Florida State's two-man rushing attack, featuring James Wilder and Devonta Freeman, has evolved into a trio.

Junior Karlos Williams, who shifted from defensive back last week, made a splash during Saturday's 62-7 win against Nevada. On his first carry ever, Williams took a toss right and went untouched for a 65-yard touchdown.

Overjoyed, Freeman sprinted from the sideline and met Williams with a leaping chest bump.

"When one is in there making plays, they're like little kids on the sideline who just got a new toy," coach Jimbo Fisher said. ".They're the first ones to congratulate each other."

Freshman Ryan Green from St. Petersburg Catholic also got into the mix with five carries for 78 yards and his first touchdown.

"We have four quality guys there," Fisher said.

Time set: FSU's game Sept. 28 at Boston College will kick off at 3:30 p.m.

Orlando Sentinel

UM: Offense at work

CORAL GABLES — During its bye week, much of Miami's work centered on the offense. UM's third-down success rate is just 20 percent (5-for-25, tied for fourth-worst in the nation). "Our biggest thing, we just have to execute," QB Stephen Morris said.

Times wires

UCF: Gamecocks at noon

ORLANDO — UCF's home game against No. 12 South Carolina on Sept. 28 will kick off at noon. As of Sunday, the game was nearly sold out.

Orlando Sentinel

USF's Taggart seeks playmakers in week off 09/16/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 11:05pm]
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