Thursday, December 14, 2017
Colleges

USF QB Quinton Flowers says injured leg is improving

TAMPA — While a discrepancy seemingly exists over which part of Quinton Flowers' left leg is banged up, the sophomore quarterback and coach Willie Taggart agree he's progressing nicely.

"I'd say I'm back to doing what I usually do," Flowers said after Tuesday morning's practice.

Flowers was injured on his final play two weekends ago against SMU and indicated he felt about "80 percent" in Saturday's 29-17 loss at Navy. In two separate interviews Tuesday, including one with radio station 620-AM, Taggart referred to Flowers' knee when discussing his status. Flowers told reporters, "It's not my knee, it's my thigh."

Regardless, Taggart said he was reassured by how Flowers practiced Tuesday. "I saw him take off (Tuesday) and was like, 'Okay, we'll be okay. We'll be fine. He's back,' " Taggart said.

KICK COMPETITION: As he indicated immediately after Saturday's loss, Taggart has re-opened the placekicker competition between sophomore Emilio Nadelman and Tarpon Springs High alumnus Michael Hill. Nadelman, 6-for-11 on field-goal tries, had two misses at Navy including a 32-yarder. "We've put some pressure on 'em in practice," Taggart said. "Guys have got to make field goals or the whole team's gonna pay for it, just like we do on Saturdays."

SOCCER ADVANCES: The second-seeded USF women beat No. 7 Memphis 3-0 in an American Athletic Conference quarterfinal game in Dallas. Jackie Simpson scored twice for the Bulls (14-3-2), who will play UCF at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals.

Around the nation

SIGNAL STEALING: A day after Washington State coach Mike Leach said the Pac-12 should investigate Arizona State for stealing offensive signals, Sun Devils coach Todd Graham said there was nothing wrong with what his team was doing. "Do we steal signals? Yeah, we do," Graham said. "Do people steal our signals? Yeah, they do. … There's nothing illegal about (stealing signs)."

PARKING PROBLEMS: Another round of heavy rain has Clemson officials looking at parking alternatives for Saturday's game against Florida State. The school uses several grassy areas to park many of the 25,000 vehicles expected this weekend. However, steady rain the past three days has saturated those lots.

KELLY APOLOGIZES: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he was sorry for shoving assistant strength and conditioning coach David Grimes on the sideline during Saturday's game against Temple.

AUBURN: Quarterback Sean White should be able to practice more this week and play against Texas A&M after being rested for parts of Saturday's game with a left knee injury, coach Gus Malzahn said.

VANDERBILT: Injured linebacker Nigel Bowden and offensive tackle Justin Skule will miss the rest of the season.

BASKETBALL: UNLV suspended guard Daquan Cook for the non-conference portion of the season after a DUI arrest. … Stanford point guard Robert Cartwright is out indefinitely with a compound fracture in his right forearm.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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