Rob Bridenstine

USF's Quinton Flowers wins national award for 2016 season

South Florida's Quinton Flowers managed to finally jump onto the national radar by the end of the 2016 season, but it appears that someone was paying attention to Flowers' record breaking season. The dynamic quarterback's 2016 season was good enough to bring some national hardware back to Tampa.

Earlier this month USF quarterback, Quinton Flowers, was named the College Football Performance Awards’ National Performer of the Year.

Flowers has landed in some serious company winning this award. In fact, every winner of the award since 2013 is currently playing at the NFL level.

Previous winners include: Derrick Henry, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, and Johnny Manziel.

In his 2016 campaign, Flowers became USF’s first 2,000/1,000 player and broke numerous individual records while leading the Bulls to the fifth best rushing attack in the nation and a program-best 11 wins; the last coming in their bowl victory over South Carolina.

His 42 total touchdowns, 18 rushing touchdowns, 4,337 total yards and 1,530 rushing yards were all new single-season records for USF, but the records didn’t stop there. Against Memphis, he set new AAC single-game records for total yards with 473 and rushing yards with 210, becoming the first player in the conference to rush and pass for 200 yards in the same game.

Flowers was also awarded first team all-conference honors and named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the year.

“A lot of people didn’t give me a chance coming out of high school, but once I got here there were a lot of guys like Tajee Fullwood, Marlon Mack, Rodney Adams, a lot of guys that believed in me and they always had my back,” said Flowers following the Bulls’ Birmingham Bowl win.

With the loss of offensive stars like Marlon Mack and Rodney Adams, in addition to Willie Taggart and many members of his staff, a lot of pressure is going to be put on Flowers’ shoulders as he enters his senior season under Charlie Strong.

Players like D’Ernest Johnson and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be big names to watch for next season as the Bulls look to fill in those crucial skill-positions around Flowers, while Auggie Sanchez and the rest of the USF defense will need to look at improving the less-than-stellar play that we saw on that side of the ball throughout most of the season.

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