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USF's talented running QB prefers pass

In three games as USF's starting quarterback, redshirt freshman B.J. Daniels has established himself as a dual-threat passer with two 100-yard rushing games, which has him as the Bulls' leading rusher.

But Daniels said he'd prefer to drop back and throw the ball more often.

"I'm the type of quarterback that can run. I don't like to run," Daniels said. "If we have 10 plays, I'd like to pass at least seven of those 10. Even when I was in high school, I've never had a 1,000-yard rushing season. I always wanted to buy time and make the big play to help out."

Daniels went over 100 yards in his first two games after taking over for injured starter Matt Grothe. But Syracuse appeared to try to take his scrambling ability away Saturday. Daniels had three carries for 2 yards in the first half, finishing with 32 yards on 10 attempts.

"As far as them trying to contain the edges, I'm glad they did, because I get to sit back there and spread the ball out to other people," Daniels said.

Despite playing sparingly in the season's first two games, Daniels has rushed for 291 yards, ninth among quarterbacks in Division I-A. In the Big East, he ranks eighth overall, and only one rushing leader above him is averaging more than his 6.1 yards per carry.

Thursday's opponent, No. 8 Cincinnati, leads the nation in tackles for loss. Opposing quarterbacks have combined to rush for minus-59 yards.

RESTING: USF did not practice Thursday and has coaches on the road recruiting today.

UF: Tebow practices

GAINESVILLE — Gators QB Tim Tebow (concussion) practiced for the third straight day, but his status for Saturday's game at LSU will likely be decided right before kickoff.

Coach Urban Meyer said Tebow looked good at the noncontact practice. Tebow and backup John Brantley split the first-team reps about 50-50.

Meyer said Brantley is prepared to run the offense.

"He's always been a guy that can throw the ball," Meyer said. "Now he seems to be a quarterback that has command of the game, and the guys listen to him.''

INJURY UPDATE: DT Lawrence Marsh (ankle) is expected to play. DT Brandon Antwine (shoulder) is questionable.

Phil Kegler, Times correspondnet

FSU: Robinson back

TALLAHASSEE — Senior CB Patrick Robinson, who sustained a left ankle sprain against Boston College, returned to practice and said he thinks he can play against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Coach Bobby Bowden said practice was business as usual and that questions about his status weren't an issue: "I don't think the kids pay any attention to that stuff. They're out there to play football."

Times wires

UM: Cooper hurting

CORAL GABLES — Hurricanes RB Graig Cooper is questionable for Saturday's game against FAMU with a lower extremity injury. DE Steven Wesley (lower extremity) and DT Marcus Forston (ankle) are doubtful. S Randy Phillips (arm) is out, along with FB Pat Hill (ankle), DB Ryan Hill (upper extremity), S JoJo Nicolas (upper extremity) and TE Richard Gordon (upper extremity).

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

UCF: A needed bye

ORLANDO — The Knights are 0-6 after bye weeks during George O'Leary's tenure, but he seems happy about a bye before facing Miami next week.

"The players will get a couple of days off, get their legs underneath them, heal some wounds and get back and get ready for a very good Miami team," O'Leary said.

Orlando Sentinel

. Up next

Florida: at LSU, 8 p.m. Saturday, Baton Rouge, La.

TV: Ch. 10

FSU: vs. Georgia Tech, 8 p.m. Saturday. TV: ESPN2

USF: vs. Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15. TV: ESPN

Miami: vs. Florida A&M, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. No TV

UCF: vs. Miami, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. TV: TBA

USF's talented running QB prefers pass 10/08/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2009 10:15pm]
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