Posted by Chip Patterson
South Florida enters the 2011 season a lot of optimism and expectations. They were picked third by the media in the preseason Big East poll, receiving slightly less votes than West Virginia and Pittsburgh but clearly separated from the rest of the conference. In a conference that has had 5 different teams share a hold of the title since 2006, the Bulls feel now is as good a time as ever to claim their first league championship.
But a lot of USF's success will rely on the consistency of junior quarterback BJ Daniels. Daniels has been streaky since taking the field for the Bulls, and suffered a minor setback in practice on Tuesday.
Daniels suffered from a lingering quad injury for much of 2010, holding him out of the second half of the Miami game and all of the finale against Connecticut. Sophomore quarterback Bobby Eveld (42-75, 454 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT in 2010) is the next man up should Daniels go down, and helped lead the Bulls to an upset in the second half of that Miami game. But popular thought is that USF's potential-breakout season is reliant on a healthy Daniels playing consistently.
We'll keep an eye on this injury as more develops in Tampa. Keep it here at the Eye On College Football and the Big East Blog for all the latest.