Mike White's forearm is not as bad as the staff originally thought, so he may play this Saturday against NC State. He is practicing this week, along with Steven Bench and Quinton Flowers. No matter how this quarterback situation develops in the next few days, it should be pretty interesting. Andre Davis (sternum) is still day to day. Thor Jozwiak (shoulder) is probably still out for Saturday, but Taggart said he has been improving faster than expected.
Also, I learned today that Nigel Harris bleaches part of his hair as a tribute to Wiz Khalifa, one of his favorite rappers. And he apparently had straight A's all through his time at Hillsborough High School. Harris forced two fumbles against Maryland and added a sack and a tackle for loss to become the AAC defensive player of the week.
Rodney Adams is excited about this season as he continues to showcase his speed and agility on the field as USF's leading receiver. He said that playing at USF is a lot more fun this year because the players care more than they used to. You may remember him from the Maryland game with his nifty end-around that gained eleven yards. He also posted receptions of 26, 16 and seven yards.
I said "redshirt" regarding Quinton Flowers and Willie Taggart cringed in response. He said that Flowers has been getting a lot of reps every week and that he wants to get Flowers on the field this year. There have been plans to get him into both games so far, but things haven't worked out for that to happen. Also, he seemed proud of the Bulls' effort against Maryland and happy with the progress that the team has made so far. To Twitter for a roundup of the best stuff:
#USF's Rodney Adams at the podium, says N.C. State's defense is "nothing that we haven't seen ... just have to come play football."— Jeff Odom (@ByJeffOdom) September 9, 2014
All of the receivers have had to step up since Andre Davis' injury, according to @adamsrodney87— Elliot (@esmoore3) September 9, 2014
Wiz Khalifa is the inspiration behind LB Nigel Harris' hair, he says.. #USF— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) September 9, 2014
.@USFFootball Nigel Harris credits his teammates for helping him earn American defensive player of the week honors.— Tom Zebold (@TomZeboldUSF) September 9, 2014
Nigel Harris says he starts his morning off with a ham-only omelet with grits and waffles ... I totally approve. #USF— Jeff Odom (@ByJeffOdom) September 9, 2014
#USF coach Willie Taggart said QB Mike White threw better last night. Thinks there's a high percentage he can play on Saturday.— Jeff Odom (@ByJeffOdom) September 9, 2014
"We know we can beat these teams but we have to stop beating ourselves. Our team just needs to learn how to win." -Coach Taggart— USF Football (@USFFootball) September 9, 2014
Taggart said if the team starts winning, "everything will take care of itself, including an on-campus stadium." #USF— Jeff Odom (@ByJeffOdom) September 9, 2014
Taggart said they've had plans to use Quinton Flowers the first two games but "we didn't get to it." #USF— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) September 9, 2014
Taggart says Quinton Flowers has been getting "a lot" of reps in practice, but says White and Bench should be fine. #USF— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) September 9, 2014
.@CoachTaggart: "Any time [Mack] touches the ball, he can go the distance," but reminds us that, "all good RBs have good blocking as well."— Elliot (@esmoore3) September 9, 2014
"He's a big kid, he's athletic, he has a really strong arm. You better bring everything when you go to tackle him." -Taggart of NC State QB— USF Football (@USFFootball) September 9, 2014