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Quinton Flowers named Bulls' starting QB

USF will puts its spread-style, up-tempo offense in sophomore Quinton Flowers' hands to begin the 2015 season.

The school announced Monday evening Flowers, a 21-year-old Miami native with eight career completions, edged senior Steven Bench for the starting job in a duel that spanned the Bulls' entire 17-day preseason camp.

Coach Willie Taggart, who has had three different opening-day starters in as many seasons, is expected to comment on the decision after Tuesday morning's practice.

He reiterated throughout the preseason the player who made the fewest mistakes would win the job, and the decision would be made by the coaching staff.

"I wouldn't call (the competition) even, I think they're both doing good things," Taggart said after the Bulls' second preseason scrimmage Saturday. "I think they're both getting better and I think our coaches are going to pick the right guy. I don't think they can go wrong, personally."

Deemed a four-star recruit by Scout.com out of Miami Jackson, Flowers appeared in five games with only one start -- a three-quarter stint on a raw, rainy night at SMU -- last season, but is widely considered a better fit for the new zone-read system installed by Taggart's staff in the offseason.

He took the first snap at many spring and preseason practices open to the public, and had the lone TD pass -- a 25-yarder to walk-on Chase Whitehead -- on Saturday.

He'll enter the Sept. 5 season opener against Florida A&M with eight completions on 20 career attempts for 111 yards, 73 rushing yards and two interceptions.

The next collegiate TD pass he throws will be his first.

"I feel like I'm playing really good," Flowers said after the scrimmage. "I got my weight down, I'm moving a little faster. I ran the offense in high school. So I'm feeling really good about it."

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