Friday, June 22, 2018
USF Bulls

USF set for first quarterback derby in three years

For all their high school feats, physical development and scrimmage exploits, USF quarterbacks Brett Kean and Chris Oladokun have yet to pass muster on a true collegiate stage.

Mainly because Quinton Flowers has commanded it the past three years.

Turned out, the greatest player in program history wasn't merely dazzling, he also was durable. Each of USF's last 38 games have featured one common denominator: Flowers starting.

And almost always finishing.

"You look at Oladokun, you look at Brett, two guys that have been in the program," Coach Charlie Strong said. "But it's just that Q … never was injured, so you never had a chance to say, 'Okay, this guy's gonna get a chance to start this game.'"

That chance finally arrives Monday, when the initial leg of the Bulls' first quarterback derby since 2015 commences.

Kean (a fourth-year junior) and Oladokun (a redshirt sophomore) will be joined Monday by walk-ons Kyle Trina and Mike Dean, but Strong has said incoming freshmen Octavious Battle and Jordan McCloud will get a chance to compete when they arrive in the summer.

And while Kean and Oladokun have a clear advantage in terms of maturity and knowledge of coordinator Sterlin Gilbert's veer-and-shoot system, their advantage in terms of college playing time is minimal.

They have Flowers' sturdiness — and minimal mop-up opportunities down the '17 stretch — to thank for that. Last season, neither appeared in any of the Bulls' last six games, five of which were decided by a touchdown or less. Before that, Kean had gone 7-of-11 for 64 yards in five appearances.

In 2016, he appeared in eight contests, going 18-of-26 for 129 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The lone pick occurred late in the 46-30 loss at Temple, when he was thrust into a third-and-17 situation inside his 10 (after Flowers tweaked a hamstring) and was picked off.

Oladokun appeared in one game last season (at East Carolina), completing his only pass for 12 yards.

Their respective practice resumes are a bit more extensive.

The 6-foot-1 Kean, believed to be more of a dual threat than Oladokun, was a three-star recruit who led Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward to a state title as a senior. He won the backup job in 2016 by clearly out-performing heralded UCLA transfer Asiantii Woulard in the preseason (Woulard later left the team).

Oladokun, a 6-2 Sickles High alumnus believed to possess a stronger arm, frequently elicited praise from former coach Willie Taggart as a true freshman in the '16 preseason. He appeared poised to battle Kean for the backup job last summer before being sidelined several weeks with mononucleosis.

"I think Chris is gonna be one heck of a football player for us," Taggart said two summers ago.

His time — or Kean's — has commenced.

"We'll let it play out because we just haven't seen enough of (them)," Strong said. "We're gonna have to do a lot of things on offense where we help the quarterback and just make sure we can protect him and give him a chance to be successful."

Contact Joey Knight at [email protected] Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

Comments
Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

The local favorite for USF's athletic director job said Friday that he is not a candidate.In a three-paragraph statement, Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks said his commitments to Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, his charities and fam...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Support growing for Tom Jurich to become Bulls’ next AD

Support growing for Tom Jurich to become Bulls’ next AD

This dispatch comes at you from a remote south Georgia lake shore, where the waters remain far more pristine than the waves being made in USF athletics circles.Which is to say, a number of prominent folks are clamoring for Tom Jurich to become the Bu...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Services set for former USF, Storm lineman Kenyatta Jones

Services set for former USF, Storm lineman Kenyatta Jones

A pair of visitations and a celebration-of-life service for former Bulls OL Kenyatta "Bear" Jones have been scheduled for next week.Jones, the first USF player ever taken in the NFL draft, passed away June 9 in Colorado of cardiac arrest, according t...
Published: 06/15/18
USF men’s hoops lands 6-foot-9 LSU transfer

USF men’s hoops lands 6-foot-9 LSU transfer

USF put the final touch on its 2018 recruiting class Friday, announcing it has signed 6-foot-9 LSU transfer Mayan Kiir.A South Sudan native once deemed a four-star prospect by ESPN, Kiir becomes the seventh and final member of USF coach Brian Gregory...
Published: 06/15/18
As beer flows at college sporting events, so does criticism

As beer flows at college sporting events, so does criticism

TAMPA — It was a collegiate celebration befitting a major facility ground-breaking, or a seven-figure donation, or the attainment of an academic benchmark. Hors d'oeuvres were served; boosters and broad smiles abounded."This is a historic day f...
Published: 06/15/18
Plant’s Leonard Parker commits to USF

Plant’s Leonard Parker commits to USF

Because of the general fragility of non-binding verbal commitments, especially in the summer, we typically lend little credence to them unless a prominent local prospect makes one.On Thursday, one such prospect — from a school with a solid...
Published: 06/14/18
A Sun stroke? Courtney Williams finds 3-point touch in WNBA

A Sun stroke? Courtney Williams finds 3-point touch in WNBA

If the veritable clinic she conducted Wednesday night is any indication, former USF women's sensation Courtney Williams has broadened her game.Beyond the 3-point line.The greatest mid-range shooter (and No. 2 all-time scorer) in Bulls history, Willia...
Published: 06/14/18
Yuengling secures USF Sun Dome naming rights

Yuengling secures USF Sun Dome naming rights

TAMPA — Six years after undergoing a massive renovation, the most prominent structure on USF's campus is set for another radical change.Effective July 1, the USF Sun Dome will be re-named the Yuengling Center.The school and Tampa Bay Enter...
Published: 06/12/18
USF is renaming the Sun Dome for Yuengling. How much are those deals worth?

USF is renaming the Sun Dome for Yuengling. How much are those deals worth?

We don't yet know how much Yuengling is paying USF for the naming rights to the Sun Dome in a deal that was announced today.But we do know how much other Division I-A programs receive for naming rights to their basketball arenas:Illinois (State Farm ...
Published: 06/12/18
USF expected to announce naming-rights deal for Sun Dome today

USF expected to announce naming-rights deal for Sun Dome today

USF will hold a press conference today at 3 o'clock at the Sun Dome, where it's expected to announce it has secured naming rights for the 38-year-old facility.USF president Dr. Judy Genshaft and interim athletic director Scott Kull will attend the ev...
Published: 06/12/18