TAMPA — USF starting quarterback B.J. Daniels will be sidelined four to six weeks and limited in spring practice after having surgery on his left (nonthrowing) shoulder Friday. The surgery repaired a partially torn rotator cuff sustained in USF's Nov. 21 game against Louisville.
A release from USF on Monday said Daniels will be held out of all contact drills and scrimmages in the spring, which leaves the Bulls without a scholarship quarterback on the roster.
"We wish B.J. a full recovery," coach Skip Holtz said in a statement. "As much as we would love for him to participate fully in spring practice, our No. 1 objective is to make sure he has a complete and healthy recovery."
Daniels' top backup, Evan Landi, said before USF's bowl game that his plan was to move full time to receiver, but that might change for the spring.
USF will be adjusting to a new offense, with assistant Todd Fitch expected to run Holtz's offense after working as co-offensive coordinator on his East Carolina staff. Daniels started USF's final 10 games of 2009 after senior Matt Grothe was lost to a season-ending knee injury. He passed for 1,983 yards and rushed for a team-high 772 yards, accounting for 23 total touchdowns.
USF's release said Daniels should be fully recovered for summer voluntary workouts and preseason practice. And it said Daniels had tried to heal the injury through extensive rehabilitation, but trainers decided surgery was the best option.
• USF picked up its 14th commitment as Williston receiver Deonte Welch, who visited USF this weekend despite being committed to Arkansas, changed his mind and committed to the Bulls.
"He's committed to South Florida," coach Jamie Baker said. "He's always been interested in South Florida from the get-go, and it all worked out this weekend. Once he got down there, he knew it was where he wanted to go."
Welch, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, spent much of his senior year in the backfield in a flexbone offense but will be a receiver at USF. He's 6 feet and 187 pounds, with a frame and athleticism similar to Bulls rising senior Dontavia Bogan.
• Former Dunedin running back Adaris Bellamy, a former USF signee who was told there were no scholarships available for him with the Bulls, will take an official visit to Big East champ Cincinnati this weekend, Dunedin coach Mark Everett said.
"I think it's a good opportunity for him," said Everett, who said he expects Bellamy to sign with the Bearcats after his visit. Bellamy can start classes there when the next quarter begins Feb. 15, allowing him to practice with the Bearcats this spring.
• USF tentatively announced that spring practice starts March 16, with the spring game April 17 at Raymond James Stadium.