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Joey Knight’s takeaways from USF-Georgia Tech

Charlie Strong won’t announce next week’s starting QB yet, but logic announces it loud and clear.
USF running back Johnny Ford (20) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Georgia Tech during the second. [JON BARASH  |  AP]
USF running back Johnny Ford (20) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Georgia Tech during the second. [JON BARASH | AP]
Published Sep. 7, 2019

Tough to ascertain which was more unsightly Saturday, the USF offense in the first three quarters, or its special teams. Bentlee Sanders twice fumbled on punt returns, and Georgia Tech got a fresh set of downs when the Bulls were whistled for illegal substitution on a fourth-and-1 punt attempt.

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Coach Charlie Strong didn’t come out and say redshirt freshman Jordan McCloud would start next weekend’s home game against Division I-AA South Carolina State, but why wouldn’t you start him at this point? It’s a prime opportunity to give your possible QB of the future four quality quarters of work against a (presumably) inferior foe.

So why didn’t Strong go for two ― in an attempt to make it a three-point game ― when USF scored early in the fourth quarter to trim Georgia Tech’s lead to 14-9? “We just felt like we were playing on D,” Strong said. “So we can go down there and then stop 'em on defense and get the ball (back).”

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