Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Eveld to start for USF vs. Louisville

TAMPA — USF senior QB Bobby Eveld will make his second consecutive start in Saturday's nationally televised game against Louisville, but a Steven Bench appearance isn't out of the question.

A Marcus Shaw cameo also remains possible, coach Willie Taggart indicated.

Speaking on the American Athletic Conference weekly coaches' teleconference Monday morning, Taggart said he still didn't know whether Shaw (leg) or Bench (knee) — USF's top rusher and onetime starting QB, respectively — will play.

Both have been sidelined since the first half of the Bulls' Oct. 5 win against Cincinnati. USF is coming off a bye week.

"So far they're on course, they're getting better," Taggart said. "I'll know more (today) once they go out and run around, but I wouldn't expect Bench to come in and start. Bobby will be our starter and we'll go from there.

"Those guys, we'll see how they practice and perform, but they've been out a couple of weeks and will take time to get into the swing of things. We'll see how it goes."

FSU: Awards all around

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State QB Jameis Winston and DB Lamarcus Joyner earned national awards for their performances in Saturday's 51-14 rout on the road over then-No. 3 Clemson.

Winston, who passed for a career-high 444 yards against the Tigers, was named the Athlon Sports player of the week and freshman of the week.

Joyner, who had two forced fumbles, and interception and eight tackles for the No. 3 Seminoles, was named the Walter Camp national defensive player of the week.

Also, the ACC named FSU's Rashad Greene receiver of the week and Cam Erving offensive lineman of the week.

Kickoff set: FSU's game on Nov. 2 against No. 7 Miami in Tallahassee will kick off at 8 p.m. and air nationally on ABC (Ch. 28), the ACC announced.

Times wires

UCF: Strong words

ORLANDO — Louisville coach Charlie Strong said twice during his news conference on Monday that he believed the Cardinals were the better team despite losing to UCF 38-35 on Friday night.

"It's hard to move on," Strong said. "Especially, not to take anything away from Central Florida, (I) know they were a good football team, it's one that we gave away, when you look at it. I thought we were the better team and we let one get away from us."

UCF coach George O'Leary was told what the former Florida assistant said and seemed surprised.

"Charlie did that? Really?" O'Leary asked, before continuing: "Well, they're a very talented team. Obviously when you say the best team didn't win you've got to look in the mirror. As far as players and coaches. So I'll leave it like that. I think it was a great win and all I look at is wins and losses. I don't get involved in 'he said, you said, we said.' "

Honor: RB Storm Johnson was named the American conference offensive player of the week. He had 188 total yards and two touchdowns against the Cardinals.

Orlando Sentinel

Miami: Focusing on focus

CORAL GABLES — All season, Miami coach Al Golden has cautioned his team against looking ahead. This week, that message has a new sense of urgency.

After Monday's practice and before news broke about today's impending NCAA announcement regarding its investigation into UM, Golden reiterated his players' focus must remain on Wake Forest, which is coming off back-to-back wins against N.C. State and Maryland.

"We're just trying to keep them internally driven and focused on a process and let that deliver," Golden said. "When you have some guys that don't trust that or think it's about something or freelance and don't do their jobs, there's consequences and we all pay those consequences. That's really the lesson now."

Sun Sentinel

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