1. USF Bulls

Taggart: Starting QB will be staff decision

Published Aug. 22, 2015

For all practical intents, USF's preseason camp has concluded. The ongoing two-player quarterback derby hasn't.

Following the end of Saturday morning's closed scrimmage, Coach Willie Taggart said the duel between sophomore Quinton Flowers and senior Steven Bench will end "when our coaches tell me, 'Coach, this is the guy we think should be our quarterback.'

"We're gonna rely heavily on our coaches, all of 'em," added Taggart, whose team opens its season at home against Florida A&M two weeks from tonight. "They've all seen 'em throughout this training camp, and we'll rely heavily on the film that we've seen."

Taggart said Saturday's scrimmage, which preceded USF's annual Fan Fest at the Sun Dome, was devoid of turnovers. Flowers accounted for the lone TD, checking down and finding walk-on Chase Whitehead on a zone-read play for a 25-yard scoring pass.

Taggart reiterated the QB decision will be based primarily on who makes the fewest mistakes.

"Oh, no doubt, by (all) means," he said. "If we take care of the football, like I said, I think they're all good enough athletically to play the position. Just got to be smart and take care of the ball."

DAWN PATROL: Starting next week, the Bulls will practice almost exclusively in the mornings, a modification from previous years. Taggart said several colleagues -- and the area weather pattern -- were influential in the decision. USF practiced in the mornings this past spring and fared very well academically, he said.

"Weather, I think we all know what that's like around here," said Taggart, who had to cut short Friday afternoon's practice due to lightning in the area. "But also I think our kids just do better overall when they get up and get going."

AUDIBLE: "I feel like I had a good camp. This is our last scrimmage – this is our second one. I think I performed well. I got a lot of help from my offensive line. They've been blocking their butts off all camp. The receivers are making plays for me, the backs are making plays for me. I feel like I'm seeing the defense very good and just doing what a quarterback's supposed to do. So, overall, I feel good about it." -- Bench

AUDIBLE, PART DEUX: "I feel like I'm playing really good. I got my weight down, I'm moving a little faster. I ran the offense in high school. So, I'm feeling really good about it." -- Flowers