Tag:Bobby Eveld
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:58 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 5:39 pm

BJ Daniels (shoulder) expected to play in finale

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy reports that BJ Daniels (shoulder) has been cleared to play, and is expected to start tonight against West Virginia

With a postseason still left to play for, South Florida starting quarterback BJ Daniels (shoulder) remains questionable for Thursday night's season finale against West Virginia.

The junior told the St. Petersburg Times earlier this week that his status for Thursday was "in God's hands right now." A few local reports out of Tampa are suggesting Daniels has been ruled out for the showdown with the Mountaineers, but my guess is it will be another game-time decision for head coach Skip Holtz.

Daniels injured his shoulder in the Bulls' 6-3 loss to Miami on Nov. 19, bruising the AC joint in his throwing shoulder after getting hit on a quarterback scramble in the third quarter. He was on the field warming up before South Florida's 34-24 loss to Louisville on Friday, though never saw any time on the field.

For the second season in a row, sophomore Bobby Eveld has been called on to fill in for an injured Daniels. Eveld completed 20 of 35 passes for 210 yards with a touchdown and interception in the loss to the Cardinals, but got no help from the Bulls' defense that gave up 24 second half points on the way to the loss.

Despite losing six of their last seven games, the Bulls are still one win away from being bowl eligible. Hopes were high in Tampa after the hot 4-0 start that included a 23-20 upset of Notre Dame and high-scoring performances against Florida A&M and UTEP. But unfortunately for South Florida fans, the untimely slide has left them out of another wide-open conference title race that could result in sending 7-5 Louisville to the Orange Bowl.

While South Florida is out of the race, Thursday night's game is one of two pivotal conference games remaining that will dictate the tie-breaker scenario for the Big East's BCS bowl bid. Louisville has clinched at least a share of the Big East title, and both West Virginia and Cincinnati will have a chance to do the same this weekend. Here is a reminder of the four scenarios for the BCS bid.

Cincinnati defeats Connecticut, South Florida defeats West Virginia. RESULT: Cincinnati earns BCS bid
Connecticut defeats Cincinnati, West Virginia defeats South Florida. RESULT: Louisville earns BCS bid
Connecticut defeats Cincinnati, South Florida defeats West Virginia. RESULT: Louisville earns BCS bid
Cincinnati defeats Connecticut, West Virginia defeats South Florida. RESULT: Three-way tie for Big East title. BCS bid determined by highest ranking in BCS standings. Currently, West Virginia holds this advantage with a No. 23 ranking in the most recent BCS standings.

While many around South Florida expect Daniels to be out, I imagine he will remain "Questionable" and in uniform on the sideline if needed. While Eveld has found some success under center for the Bulls, Daniels' ability to scramble and create the big play himself adds another dimension to the South Florida offense. West Virginia's pass rush helped seal the come-from-behind 21-20 victory against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl, and whoever is under center can expect to see more of the same on Friday night.

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Posted on: November 20, 2011 4:00 am
Edited on: November 20, 2011 1:13 pm

Big East Winners and Losers: Week 12

Posted by Chip Patterson

A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.

WINNER: Jawan Jamison

It may have been Senior Day at High Point Solutions Stadium, but the star of Rutgers' 20-3 win over Cincinnati was freshman running back Jawan Jamison. Jamison ran 34 times for 200 yards (both career highs) and scored both of the Scarlet Knights' touchdowns as Rutgers moved into a tie for first place in the Big East. A 5-2 conference record will earn at least a share of the Big East title this season, and now the Scarlet Knights are one win away from their best conference finish since joining the Big East in 1991. Head coach Greg Schiano made it a point to stress a physical approach to both sides of the ball following last year's 4-8 finish, and the Scarlet Knights dominated Cincinnati thanks to Jamison's relentless running and a gritty performance on defense. Cincinnati dual-threat quarterback Munchie Legaux was held to 31 yards on 12 carries and star running back Isaiah Pead accumulated only 28 yards in 14 attempts. If Rutgers can beat Connecticut on the road, they'll have physical rushing and a physical rush defense to thank for their first share of a Big East conference title.

LOSER: Munchie Legaux

It was a rough day for the talented backup quarterback, getting his first start of the season in place of injured starter Zach Collaros. Legaux has the physical talents to be a real threat for the Bearcats in the future, but this season's offense just doesn't run the same way without Collaros at the helm. As the last undefeated team in conference play, Cincinnati entered November with a target on their back. Legaux looked flustered and frustrated for a majority of the 20-3 loss to Rutgers, as the Scarlet Knights shut down the Bearcats' ground attack and forced the sophomore to become a drop back passer. Legaux completed just 12 of his 31 passing attempts, and was held to just 31 yards rushing as Cincinnati failed to reach the end zone for the first time all season. Seeing the offense struggle without their senior quarterback has to sting Bearcats' fans, but Legaux needs a quick revival if Cincinnati is going to stay in contention for the Big East title. Syracuse and Connecticut are both winnable games, but they'll need to win both and get some help to earn a BCS bowl game bid.

WINNER: Charlie Strong

Not only has the Strong led the Cardinals from a disappointing 2-4 start to bowl eligibility for the second straight year, but he's accomplished the feat with two very different teams. Last season's squad was made up mostly of upperclassmen, and anchored by a a bruising rushing attack in the hands of senior Bilal Powell. After some shuffling in the first half of the season, the Cardinals are now led by an efficient Teddy Bridgewater-led attack. The defense has tightened up to Strong's taste, and now Louisville has an inside track towards a share of the Big East title. A win at USF next friday guarantees at least a tie for the conference championship, and key wins over Rutgers and West Virginia give them great odds to win a tie-breaker scenario. After troubling losses to FIU and Marshall early in the season, Strong has done a great job to rally a young team that has gotten better as the season progressed.

LOSER: BJ Daniels

Neither team was able to generate much of an offensive performance in Miami's 6-3 win over USF on Saturday, but the Bulls offense became nonexistent when starting quarterback BJ Daniels left the game with a shoulder injury in the third quarter. Head coach Skip Holtz has spoken extensively this season about Daniels' improvement as a quarterback, and he has been the most consistent performer in an otherwise inconsistent season for the Bulls. USF had no information on the extent of Daniels' injury, but the drop off when backup quarterback Bobby Eveld took over was significant. With Eveld under center, the offense generated just 75 yards on 17 plays and converted none of their five third down attempts down the stretch. Despite the disappointing performance in conference play, USF is still one win away from bowl eligibility. Daniels' health is an immediate concern with a short turnaround before hosting Louisville on Friday in Raymond James Stadium. With Louisville and West Virginia both competing for a BCS bowl bid, the Bulls can expect their best shot in the final two games of the season. In order for South Florida to answer with their best, they'll need Daniels out on the field.

WINNER: West Virginia

Even in an off week, the Mountaineers were winners in Week 12 thanks to the latest shake-ups in the conference title race. With Cincinnati's loss to Rutgers, five teams are in title contention with just 2 conference losses. The Mountaineers and Bearcats will fight with Rutgers, Louisville, and Pittsburgh over the final two weeks of the season for the conference's most sought-after prize: a BCS bowl bid. Earning a share of top spot won't be enough to satisfy a team hungry for college football's grand stage, and now the focus turns to the Big East tiebreaker rules. In 3- or 4-team ties, the tiebreaker is decided the record against the other teams involved in the tie. Currently, only one of West Virginia's two conference losses is to a team still in title contention: Louisville. The other two-loss teams have fallen to each other, giving the Mountaineers a slight advantage heading into the season's final weeks.

LOSER: Phillip Thomas

Syracuse was off in Week 12, but the Orange suffered a huge loss with the suspension of star safety Phillip Thomas. Doug Marrone's defense has struggled as of late, and currently ranks last in the Big East giving up nearly 400 yards per game. Thomas has been one of the few bright spots in the lineup, leading the team in tackles and interceptions. But Phillip Thomas' suspension will not just last the rest of the 2011 season, as the school announced a one-year length on the safety's punishment for violation of an Athletic Department policy. No official explanation has been offered by the school or Thomas, though it would not be surprising to see the junior declare for the NFL draft after receiving this mysterious one-year punishment.

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Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:45 pm

QUICK HITS: No. 22 USF 37, Ball State 7

Posted by Chip Patterson

SOUTH FLORIDA WON. The Bulls did not show any signs of a Notre Dame hangover following the upset of the Irish in South Bend. South Florida took care of business against Ball State in Tampa, which drew their largest crowd for a home opener since 2008. Ball State was held scoreless for three quarters until Jahawn Edwards scored on a 13-yard touchdown run on the Bulls' backups. The score spoiled the chances of a shutout for the South Florida defense, but head coach Skip Holtz is happy to be 2-0 after the 37-7 win.

WHY SOUTH FLORIDA WON: BJ Daniels enjoyed one of his best performances in front of the home crowd, setting career highs for completions (28), attempts (39) and yards (359). The Bulls were also able to get some ground game going utilizing both Demetris Murray and touted Colorado-transfer Darrell Scott. The workload was split pretty evenly, and the pair combined for 133 yards on 26 carries while each scoring a touchdown. Combine that with three forced fumbles and only allowing the Ball State to convert on 3 of 16 third downs and the win came pretty easily for South Florida.

WHEN SOUTH FLORIDA WON: Red zone offense was one concern from the Notre Dame game, and Ball State was successful in holding the Bulls to field goals on two of the first three scoring drives. But when Demetris Murray was able to punch in the 2 yard touchdown to make the score 20-0, it was clear the game was getting away from the Cardinals.

WHAT SOUTH FLORIDA WON: More confidence and more respect from the college football community. They were favored to beat Ball State, but this same Cardinals squad did beat Indiana a week ago in Lucas Oil Stadium. South Florida didn't just win, they won convincingly - holding the Cardinals scoreless through three quarters while Daniels picked apart the defense.

WHAT BALL STATE LOST: Any momentum from the Indiana win. After rushing for 210 yards against the Hoosies, they were only able to move the ball 71 net yards on the ground against South Florida. The loss is not a devastating one for the Cardinals, but it certainly was a dose of reality after the Indiana win.

THAT WAS CRAZY. South Florida's first touchdown of the game came on a fumble return for a touchdown for the second week in a row. Against Ball State it occurred on the opening kickoff with Mark Joyce scooping up the loose ball and taking it to the house. Last week it was this goal line stand that kick-started the Bulls' upset of then-ranked Notre Dame.

Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:06 pm

Holtz: BJ Daniels tweaks hamstring in practice

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.
Posted on: February 25, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 1:04 pm

Spring Practice Primer: South Florida

Posted by Chip Patterson

College Football has no offseason. Every coach knows that the preparation for September begins now, in Spring Practice. So we here at the Eye on College Football will get you ready as teams open spring ball with our Spring Practice Primers. Today, we look at South Florida, who opens its practice on March 3.

Can South Florida improve the offensive inconsistencies that kept them from being competitive in a wide-open Big East?  

It was some unusual circumstances that brought Skip Holtz to his first FBS head coaching job, and the unexpected arrival helped South Florida fans feel pretty good about an 8-5 finish with a Meineke Car Care Bowl win. But heading into 2011, one of the biggest questions that Holtz will have to answer has to do with the part of the game that is right in his wheel house: the offense.  Holtz' offensive roots are deep, serving as offensive coordinator under his father during Lou's stints at both Notre Dame and South Carolina. When he took the head coaching position at East Carolina, he turned a Conference USA cellar dweller into two-time conference champs. Now, he faces the challenge of turning South Florida into Big East title contenders.

An 8-5 season may look successful to a bystander, but it was the four conference losses that kept South Florida from competing in a wide-open Big East title hunt in 2010. In those four Big East losses (by an average of 7.0 points), the Bulls offense put up an average of 10.25 points, 259.75 yards, and turned the ball over 9 times. With a few more points, and a few less turnovers, Holtz could have had South Florida playing in their first-ever BCS bowl game. The results were particularly puzzling because the Bulls were able to produce offensively and win close games against Cincinnati, Rutgers, Louisville, and Miami. But now is no time for "what ifs'." With Spring Practice just days away, the focus must be shifted towards 2011.

The most obvious question in regards to South Florida's offense will be at the quarterback position. B.J. Daniels has shown great promise at times since his arrival in Tampa. But if turnovers were a big part of the offensive issues, Daniels is one of the culprits. In 2010, the starter threw 13 interceptions while only throwing 11 touchdowns. However, he finished on a strong note with a 20 for 27, three total touchdown performance against Clemson in the bowl win. But when Daniels was injured for the end of the Miami game and the following week against Connecticut, Bulls fans saw a glimpse of the other option: sophomore Bobby Eveld.

Eveld is a much more traditional pocket quarterback than Daniels. Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 200 pounds, the young signal caller showed no hesitation in slinging the ball around the field in his limited action last season. Eveld's mentality can also result in turnovers (like the 3 interceptions against Connecticut), but frustrated fans will likely overlook that if they are demanding a change.

Daniels is entering spring ball as the first quarterback on the depth chart, but the word from Tampa is that the starting job is not a lock at all. Eveld will be given a chance to push Daniels for the position, and South Florida fans hope that it will only result in improvements for both players.

The offense will also be moving forward in 2011 without one half of their rushing attack: graduated running back Mo Plancher. Plancher led all rushers with 793 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2010, but often times split carries with junior Demetris Murray. Murray rushed for 533 yards and 4 touchdowns himself, and the Georgia native will have his time to shine in 2011. Murray is not a speedster, but his toughness and field vision make him one of South Florida's biggest offensive threats next season. With Plancher graduated, Spring Practice will be the first time Murray can set the tone for the rest of the running backs.

We know what to look for at the quarterback and running back positions. But the offensive line expectations are more like a game of Guess Who? Holtz said he expects to do a lot of positional experimenting this spring, including mixing up his offensive linemen. Holtz also has to figure out what he has at the wide receiver position. With Dontavia Bogan graduating (and taking his team-high numbers in receptions, yards, and touchdowns with him), the Bulls will have to shuffle out a rotation for a crop of both young talent and veterans returning from injury.

South Florida displayed a lot of potential at time in 2010, but their offensive inconsistencies kept them from making any kind of dramatic impact in the Big East. With one season left before the arrival of TCU, many are considering 2011 one of the last chances to win a weakened conference. Skip Holtz would love nothing more than to entrench his position in Tampa with a Big East title, but he is going to have to make some decisions this spring in order to deliver success to the young program.

South Florida will host their annual Spring Game on April 2 in Raymond James Stadium 

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