Position Breakdown: QB

With the 2006 season less than a month away, USFnation will start a nine part series breaking down each position. Today's first installment will feature the quarterbacks for the Bulls.

The Veterans

Pat Julmiste- 6-3 220 Senior

Entering the 2006 season as the veteran starter, Julmiste admits he has been working hard in the off-season on improving the one thing he has struggled with throughout his career, his consistency. Up to this point he has accumulated 29 game appearances including 23 career starts. He has become well known for having a very strong arm along with the size and speed necessary for running over defenders. Last season he threw for 1,489 yards and 6 touchdowns while rushing for 483 yards and 4 touchdowns. This came after he reclaimed his starting position by coming off the bench in the opener at Penn State and throwing for 200 yards.

Anthony Severino- 6-2 185 Junior

In 2003 Severino walked on at USF unsure about whether he had any type of future as a quarterback. Three years later, he is still playing and working hard as the backup during practice.

Grant Gregory- 6-1 205 Sophomore

After transferring from Indiana University last summer, Gregory may finally be able to compete for a starting spot on offense. He will move from strong safety, which he played during the spring, back to playing quarterback where he was known as a dual threat. He was not able to find much playing time on the field in his first season, but he impressed coaches with his versatility and dedication. At Athens High School, he threw for 4,200 yards and 41 touchdowns over three years as the starter. 

Matt Grothe- 6-0 200 Freshman

While red shirting last season, Grothe quickly moved up the depth chart by impressing the coaching staff with his ability to immediately understand and run the offense. In his senior season at Lake Gibson High School, Grothe was named the Class 4A Player of the Year and a finalist for Florida's Mr. Football. He will have a great chance of being named the starter if he is able to beat out Julmiste in August. If he remains second on the depth chart throughout the season, expect Grothe to always be ready to play if needed. 

The Newcomers:

Nate Allen- 6-2 190 Freshman

Big things are expected out of the newbie who threw for 1,400 yards and 9 touchdowns as a senior at Cape Coral High School. Luckily for Allen, the one thing he does have is time to learn. With four quarterbacks on the roster already, Allen will almost certainly be red shirted this season which he admits would help him in becoming comfortable with the offense.  

Prediction: Considering how well he usually responds when quarterbacks push him, Julmiste will most likely to be named the starter when September rolls around. His previous game experience and arm strength gives him an edge over Grothe and Severino. With Nate Allen most likely red shirting this year, the wildcard is Grant Gregory who undoubtedly is looking forward to finally showcasing his talent at quarterback. Julmiste will mostly have to fight off Grothe from claiming his starting spot. This is a task that Julmiste is ready for in his senior season. 

 

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