PLANT CITY ― The league that has provided live microphones on the quarterbacks and a fresh kickoff format might be on the verge of unveiling something else the world hasn’t yet witnessed.
Two former USF quarterbacks squaring off in the same pro game.
The chances of a Quinton Flowers versus B.J. Daniels matchup Saturday, when the Seattle Dragons host the Tampa Bay Vipers in Week 2 of the XFL season, seem to be segueing from conceivable to plausible.
Flowers, the closest thing to an offensive catalyst the Vipers possessed in Sunday’s 23-3 loss in New York, continued to share snaps with Taylor Cornelius at Wednesday’s practice while opening-day starter Aaron Murray remained sidelined by an injured left foot.
Murray and Vipers coach Marc Trestman called his status “day to day.”
“It’s getting better,” said Murray, who had the foot rolled on in the second quarter. “Just rehabbing like crazy, probably about five or six hours a day trying to get it back to where I can get out there and go out there and compete.”
Meantime out West, Daniels is listed as backup to Seattle starter Brandon Silvers, who turned his ankle in a 31-19 loss to the D.C. Defenders and didn’t practice Tuesday.
While Seattle coach Jim Zorn said he expects Silvers to play Saturday, a Daniels appearance seems more likely.
If it occurs, CenturyLink Field will feature USF’s all-time total yardage leader (Flowers) and the guy who ranks two spots behind him. Collectively, Flowers and Daniels totaled 22,303 yards, 123 touchdowns and 51 victories at USF.
“I know B.J. very well. That’s my alumni brother,” Flowers said Wednesday. “Going into USF, I used to watch B.J. (who played from 2008-12) and see the things that he did, and how I could put some of the things that he did into my game.”
Even if Flowers doesn’t start Sunday, he’s almost certain to be incorporated into the Vipers game plan in various roles. Lining up behind center, as a running back and even in the slot, he ran five times for 34 yards, and had a 37-yard completion.
“I’d say I played great,” Flowers said. “Whenever my number was called, whenever coach Trestman and the guys needed me to make a play, I was there and just ready to play and ready to have fun.”