USF Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

The University of South Florida football team begins spring football next Tuesday, and we'll get the first glimpse of the 2009 Bulls. Lets take a closer look at the team's quarterback situation heading into spring.




Returning Players:

Matt Grothe (6'1-205, Sr.)
B.J. Daniels (6'2-215, R-Fr/S

Evan Landi (6'3-215, R-Fr.)  

(Walk-on Tyler Stowell  came in as a QB has been moved to WR)



What They Did in 2008:

Grothe: Started 13 games, 240-of-350, for 2,911 yards, 18 TD's, 14 INT, 223.9 avg., 146 carries for 591 yards and 4 TD's

Daniels: Played in 2 games as the 3rd string QB, 4-for-5 for 86 yards, 80.0%, 3 carries for 2 yards

Landi: Redshirted and did not play.

As Recruits:

Grothe: 2-star, Not rated by Scout
Daniels: 3-star, No. 44 nationally
Landi: 2-star, No. 107 nationally

Outlook: This will be the Bulls first spring practice under new offensive coordinator Mike Canales, and the first time he will be working with the quarterbacks. The Bulls will enter the spring with 3-year starter Matt Grothe in the pole position, and two youngsters pushing behind him. Grothe had his best statistical season with career bests in TD (18), Yards (2,911), Comp (240) & YPG (223.9) while running for a team-high 591 yards, 4 TDS, leading the Big East in total offense (269.4), and ranked No. 21 in the nation. Matt struggled at times last year, but will get to work under Canales for the first time, and he'll enter his senior season with a chance to break several Big East records, and only trails former WVU quarterback Pat White's 10,529 total offensive yards by 287 yards. Entering the spring as back-ups are freshmen B.J. Daniels, and Evan Landi. B.J. is strong with a very live arm, and is the heir apparent, showing potential in the season opener against UT Martin, completing 4-4 passes for 96 passing yards, but an injury kept him out of action after NC State and applied for a medical redshirt. Daniels is currently playing point guard for the basketball team and will miss the first few days of spring practice. Landi is a tall athlete with a strong arm that earned the Golden Bull Award for his impressive work on the scout team. This will be the first spring practice with Canales as offensive coordinator, and will be very important for Grothe and both of the other young quarterbacks.

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