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USF coach Taggart chooses starting QB but doesn't reveal choice

TAMPA — USF coach Willie Taggart has decided on a starting quarterback for Saturday's game against No. 15 Miami. He hasn't decided when he'll reveal his choice.

Around noon Monday, Taggart said on the American Athletic Conference weekly coaches' teleconference he hadn't settled on a starter, but could by the end of the day.

Roughly six hours later, on his weekly radio show, he said he had made a decision — presumably senior Bobby Eveld or sophomore Steven Bench — but never revealed it. Taggart is expected to announce his choice today.

"We just need leadership from that position," Taggart said on his radio show. "If we don't need it anywhere else, we need it from that position, and guys that are going to rally the troops and get their teammates to play for them."

Odds and ends: The Bulls' Oct. 5 home game against Cincinnati — their opener in the American Athletic Conference — will be on the internet on ESPN3. Kickoff time hasn't been determined. … Taggart said S JaQuez Jenkins, who sustained an unspecified lower-body injury on Sept. 14 against Florida Atlantic, "ran around a little bit" Sunday, but his status for the Miami game will depend on how he practices today and Wednesday.

UM: Morris gets set

CORAL GABLES — When Miami QB Stephen Morris felt the initial pangs of sharp pain in his leg Saturday, the worst-case scenarios like a knee or an Achilles' problem started going through his mind.

Within moments, he knew it wasn't serious.

Morris is working through a bone bruise around his right ankle and plans to play Saturday against USF.

"The ankle feels good," Morris said. "…I feel pretty good about playing on Saturday, so that's the goal."

Morris left early in the 77-7 win over Savannah State. He was on the field Monday as teammates practiced, tossing a football around — albeit wearing a baseball cap, but moving without much of a limp.

Times wires

FSU: RB Williams ready

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he has seen enough from junior RB Karlos Williams to give him an increased role on the offense.

Williams, recently moved from safety, rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns for the No. 8 Seminoles in Saturday's 54-6 victory against Bethune-Cookman.

"He'll start getting some playing time early," Fisher said. "Just maturity, what to do and knowledge of things, I thought he had a really nice ball game."

Orlando Sentinel

UF: Game time on hold

CBS put a hold on Florida's Oct. 5 home game against Arkansas for a possible broadcast. The game will start at either 3:30 p.m. on Ch. 10 or at 7 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. CBS will choose from Arkansas-UF, Mississippi-Auburn or Georgia-Tennessee for its national telecast.

Times wires

UCF: Memphis time set

ORLANDO — The time for UCF's first game in the American Athletic Conference, at Memphis, was set for 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 5.

Orlando Sentinel

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Up next

USF: vs. Miami, noon Saturday. TV: ESPNU

UCF: vs. South Carolina, noon Saturday. TV: Ch. 28

FSU: at Boston College, 3:30 p.m. Saturday. TV: Ch. 28 or ESPN2

UF: at Kentucky, 7 p.m. Saturday. TV: ESPNU

USF coach Taggart chooses starting QB but doesn't reveal choice 09/23/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 23, 2013 9:18pm]
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