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Let the latest USF quarterback derby commence

The Bulls enter spring practice next week with five scholarship quarterbacks.
USF quarterback Cade Fortin appeared in only two games during an injury-besieged 2020 season.
USF quarterback Cade Fortin appeared in only two games during an injury-besieged 2020 season. [ AARON DOSTER | AP ]
Published Feb. 17

USF, rapidly evolving into the cradle of quarterback derbies, is set to stage another one.

The Bulls begin spring practice next week with six quarterbacks — five on scholarship — competing for the starting job vacated when Jordan McCloud transferred to Arizona. The competition marks the program’s second QB derby in as many seasons and third since all-time total yardage leader Quinton Flowers departed following the 2017 season.

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“I’m not looking at this as how quickly we make a decision, I’m looking at this to give all these guys a fair opportunity and see everybody work to get better within our offense,” Bulls second-year coach Jeff Scott said Tuesday. “And then just have a great opportunity for someone to really kind of separate and go be our guy for next season.”

Scott also offered quick takes on the four candidates believed to be the most viable contenders:

Cade Fortin, Jr.

Cade Fortin looks to pass during a game against Cincinnati in October.
Cade Fortin looks to pass during a game against Cincinnati in October. [ AARON DOSTER | AP ]

Appeared in two games in 2020

“Cade Fortin is someone I’m really pleased with. I think everybody kind of saw later in the year he was making some really good progress and unfortunately got hurt right as he was on a really nice drive (against Tulsa). He sat out the year before at North Carolina, and so I think it took him a little while to kind of knock the rust off. And by the end of the year, he was really performing well, and I think he was getting ready to make a big move on our roster.”

Jarren Williams, So.

Jarren Williams, playing for Miami, runs with the ball during a 2019 game against Florida in Orlando.
Jarren Williams, playing for Miami, runs with the ball during a 2019 game against Florida in Orlando. [ ALLIE GOULDING | Times ]

Passed for 2,187 yards, 19 TDs, 7 INTs in 2019 at Miami

“Jarren Williams is a young man I’ve been familiar with since he’s been in high school ... and I remember when he signed with Miami, I remember watching him his redshirt freshman year. He had a lot of success down there in Miami, and certain things happened, and he felt like it would be best for him to move on. And whenever I found out that he had some interest in coming here, we were all in.”

Katravis Marsh, So.

Katravis Marsh, left, is hit as he throws during a game against Cincinnati in October.
Katravis Marsh, left, is hit as he throws during a game against Cincinnati in October. [ AARON DOSTER | AP ]

Appeared in four games in 2020

“I think Katravis Marsh is a very talented freshman. ... He had a rough go at it in a couple of games, but probably one of the most impressive guys I’ve been around from an arm-strength standpoint.”

Timmy McClain, Fr.

Led Sanford Seminole to Class 8A state title last season

“He has a chance to be special. All he knows is winning. Won a state championship this year, been a four-year starter, but he is a dual-threat guy that has some serious wheels, really strong arm. Been very impressed with him.”