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Byrum Brown to start at quarterback for USF in season opener

The redshirt freshman showed immense promise in two late-season starts in 2022.
 
USF redshirt freshman quarterback Byrum Brown will start today's season opener at Western Kentucky.
USF redshirt freshman quarterback Byrum Brown will start today's season opener at Western Kentucky. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Sept. 2, 2023|Updated Sept. 2, 2023

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The Bulls will begin a new coaching era with the same quarterback who ended the previous one.

Redshirt freshman Byrum Brown, who started the final two games of 2022 and totaled 565 yards in narrow losses to Tulsa and UCF, will start today’s season opener at Western Kentucky, according to the Bulls’ official radio broadcast.

Brown edged out senior Gerry Bohanon, who had a turbulent, injury-besieged season in his first year with the Bulls last season and still is believed to be dealing with shoulder issues. The revelation comes in the wake of a concerted effort by new coach Alex Golesh to keep the identity of most of his starters under wraps leading into the game.

“For the most part, it’s intentional,” Golesh said earlier this week. “After the first two drives of the game it will be out there, but you’d like to have any sort of advantage you can — similar to what most people do.”

Brown logged action in four total contests last season, finishing 36-of-50 for 404 yards and five touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries.

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