TAMPA — There is a good chance sophomore QB Mike White (fractured left forearm) will start against N.C. State on Saturday, but it will likely be a game-time decision, coach Willie Taggart said Thursday.
White, who suffered a compression fracture on the first play of Saturday's 24-17 loss to Maryland, practiced this week with a hard cast and glove on his left, nonthrowing hand. Taggart said White looked "pretty good" taking snaps under center and handing the ball off in drills.
Backup Steven Bench and freshman Quinton Flowers will be prepared to step in after trading reps with the first-team offense. "We just have to make sure we're ready at that position for whatever happens," Taggart said. "And I think we will be."
Taggart didn't have an update on WR Andre Davis (sternum) or OL Thor Jozwiak (shoulder, toe), but he said they are "still rehabbing and getting better daily."
GOOD VIBES: USF received national recognition this week by appearing in ESPN's bowl projections for the first time since 2012, predicted to go to either the Military Bowl or the Independence Bowl. "We are getting better as a football team and that's hard to convince people of that when you don't win games and you haven't been winning a lot," Taggart said. "But we're getting better. It's still early in the season and we've got to continue to work hard and find a way to win these games and win them with confidence."
UCF: RB questionable
ORLANDO — After missing the opener two weeks ago with a foot injury, Will Stanback returned to practice last week. But that's no guarantee the senior running back will start against No. 20 Missouri on Saturday. Coaches have been impressed with the play of sophomore Dontravious Wilson, which could mean the two will split carries. Running backs coach Danny Barrett said junior Cedric Thompson could see some time in the rotation against the Tigers as well. "I'm not sure he's starting, who told you that? He's playing. He may start, he may not start," coach George O'Leary said, addressing the Stanback situation. "This is not his comeback. He's been practicing since preseason, but right now it's whoever starts is out there. He may be out there, he may not be out there to start."
Miami: WR out
MIAMI — After missing three days of practice this week, Stacy Coley won't play Saturday against Arkansas State. He injured his shoulder in the win over Florida A&M last weekend and coach Al Golden said the team was trying to be cautious with the sophomore receiver. Through the first two games, Coley was the special teams leader, averaging 14 yards on punt returns and 28.5 yards on kickoff returns.