Bulls QB Flowers to Make First Start at SMU

True freshmen Quinton Flowers will make his first career start for the Bulls as they try to capture fourth win of the season.

After a disappointing 34-17 road loss to Cincinnati a few weeks back, Coach Willie Taggart officially re-opened the competition for starting QB, a move done to potentially provide a spark for an offense that is statistically ranked near the bottom of the entire FBS in terms of passing yards, rushing yards, and points per game. With bowl eligibility on the line, Taggart will turn to his true freshmen QB Quinton Flowers to take the helm as USF (3-6, 2-3) will travel to a cold, rainy Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas to meet SMU (0-8, 0-4).

Flowers’ first official start as the head signal caller for the Bulls has been anticipated by many since the day he committed to the Green and Gold. Rated a 4 star recruit by Scout and the ninth best dual-threat quarterback in the nation, Flowers amassed 6,042 yards passing, 2,002 yards rushing, and 32 total TDs in his impressive career at Miami Jackson High School. The freshmen’s skillset has already drawn comparisons to USF great B.J. Daniels but with a potentially stronger arm. LB Auggie Sanchez commented on Flowers’ skill when speaking to the media on Tuesday. “He’s an athlete for sure. You can just see his growth throughout the entire season.” Coach Taggart also spoke on his progression during the bye week. “Last week was impressive and he operated the plays really well. It was also good to see that he’s been studying.” Saturday is certainly the perfect opportunity to see what the Bulls have in this young talent moving forward as they visit a not so great SMU team.

To describe SMU’s season as dismal would be an understatement. After just two contests early on in the year, Head Coach June Jones abruptly stepped down, leaving the reigns to defensive coordinator Tom Mason. Throughout the season, the Mustangs have generally been non-competitive in each of their contests, with six out of their eight losses coming at a margin of at least 38 points. Statistically, SMU ranks at the bottom of the FBS in nearly every category, including 128th, or dead last in points scored per game (9.6) and points allowed per game (46.8). However, the Mustangs showed life late in last week’s matchup with Tulsa, as QB Matt Davis compiled 3 total TDs as he threw for 212 yards while rushing for 181.

Indeed, making a change at the QB position this late in the season can end in a variety of ways for the Bulls. As we saw with Houston switching to the dynamic Greg Ward Jr., a change like this could provide a spark for a team and allow them to attain a new level of success. Certainly Coach Taggart is in desperate need of that spark as he and the Bulls fight to keep their bowl aspirations for the 2014 season alive for another week.

The game will be televised at 8 pm ET on CBS Sports Network.

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