USF QB Daniels 'questionable' for Louisville

B.J. Daniels being a "question mark" for Friday means the Bulls have to be prepared to rely on backup Bobby Eveld at quarterback.

B.J. Daniels being a "question mark" for Friday means the Bulls have to be prepared to rely on backup Bobby Eveld at quarterback.

"B.J. has what has been deemed an AC joint bruise. It is on his right shoulder and how much he'll be able to play or practice at this point, I don't know," head coach Skip Holtz said Monday. "There is a possibility that he can handle treatment and play, but I would not expect him to practice today."

Daniels, who was injured early in the second half against Miami, would have to practice by Wednesday to be able to play against Louisville, per Holtz's rule.

"I have found that people that don't practice all week normally don't play very well, so we'll just have to wait and see how he's going to respond to treatments," Holtz said.

That means the reps will be revved up for Eveld, who is no stranger to stepping into Daniels' place behind center. As a freshman, he saw action in six games and gained attention by leading the Bulls to a second-half comeback and overtime victory at Miami. He got one start in 2010 against Connecticut, when he completed a career-high 22 passes for 195 yards and a score.

Eveld replaced Daniels on Saturday and went 5-for-9 for 36 yards.

"Bobby Eveld has now been in the system for two years. He's had an awful lot of reps in practice and he should be ready to go," Holtz said. "I would think that this team would rally around him."

If Daniels can't go and Eveld had to start, Holtz said there is a possibility freshman Matt Floyd could step in as the backup.

"He is our second right now as we go out to practice today," Holtz said. "He's the one who would get some of those reps."

The big if for Floyd is whether or not he can get up to speed after serving as a scout team quarterback for most of the season. He is scheduled to be redshirted unless USF would need him to take game reps in certain situations.

"For one game, for bowl eligibility, yes it would be worth it," Holtz said. "If you told me you would have to pull a redshirt for bowl eligibility, yes I would pull a redshirt and play the young man because these seniors deserve that."

USF (5-5) is looking to make a bowl game for the seventh consecutive season. The Bulls are just one of four teams nationally to win three straight bowl games.

Other backup possibilities could be tight end Evan Landi and receiver Victor Marc, who both have experience at quarterback.

"It depends on how far away (Floyd) is," Holtz said. "Until we get out there on that field and just see really how far away he is in running a base offense, I can't make that decision."


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