TAMPA — With a chance to finish the regular season with a small share of the Big East crown, USF coach Skip Holtz said Monday that he's planning as if true freshman Bobby Eveld is his quarterback for Connecticut on Saturday until he knows more about B.J. Daniels' health.
"Right now, it's Bobby Eveld," Holtz said on the weekly Big East coaches teleconference. "We've got to find out what B.J. Daniels' situation will be. He's still really sore with where he is, and we're just going to have to see where it goes with treatment."
Eveld played the second half of Saturday's 23-20 overtime win at Miami, stepping in when Daniels aggravated a quad injury right before halftime. Eveld threw for 120 yards and led two touchdown drives in regulation, capping an 81-yard tying drive with a 1-yard keeper with two minutes left.
"He's very smart. He's a 6-5 quarterback, he's tall, he's got a strong arm, he's got an awful lot of tools and gifts," Holtz said. "The way he's handled himself has been absolutely tremendous. Just a great young man, very innocent, honest and humble. I just think an awful lot about his as a person, and what he's done as a player has been special."
If the Bulls beat Connecticut on Saturday — the Huskies are 1-4 on the road — they would keep UConn from playing in a BCS bowl game and could be part of a five-way tie for the Big East crown if Pittsburgh and West Virginia also lose Saturday. A win would put USF in contention for a Big East upper-tier bowl like the Champs Bowl in Orlando or the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte.
Punter honored: Justin Brockhaus-Kann, who averaged 41 yards on 10 punts against Miami, was named Big East special teams player of the week.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
FSU: Ponder sits out
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State QB Christian Ponder didn't practice Monday after reaggravating an elbow injury during a 31-7 victory against Florida on Saturday.
Coach Jimbo Fisher said he expected Ponder to practice today in preparation for the ACC Championship Game against Virginia on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.
Ponder experienced tightness in his right elbow and left the game in the fourth quarter. Medical personnel drained his elbow Monday morning.
Before a victory against Clemson, which Ponder sat out, he had surgery and had more than 16 ounces of fluid drained from his elbow.
"It was definitely swollen after the game, and obviously they had to go in and take some fluid out," Ponder said. "It feels a lot better now."
Notable: Fisher said RB Jermaine Thomas (knee) is out for a third straight game Saturday. Fisher hopes to have him for a bowl game. … RB Ty Jones didn't practice Monday. Fisher said he was "banged up" and his status is undetermined. … LG Rodney Hudson, DE Brandon Jenkins and P Shawn Powell earned ACC player of the week honors at their positions. Hudson also was named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. … Fisher said the pass protection Saturday was the best of the season.