#9 QB Quinton Flowers
Sophomore, 6'0", 217 lbs.
Stats in 2014: Quinton Flowers played in five games and made one start during the Miami native’s freshman campaign, passing for 111-yards (34-yard long) while dashing for 73-yards on the ground (22-yard long) . I watched Flowers' first collegiate appearance against N.C. State with Collin Sherwin from the press box, we starred in bewilderment after Willie made the move to put Flowers back in soooo late in the game down by seemingly a billion points. (N.C. State Recap) Flowers finished his opening act completing one of four attempts for seven yards, and tossed two irrelevant interceptions along the way. Flowers did slash for 32-yards on six carries during the contest against the Wolfpack though.
Flowers made his first career start on the road against SMU, just days after his half brother, Bradley Holt, was shot and killed in Miami. You need to understand how many key family members this young-man has lost in his short life. Flowers went 6 of 15 passing for 105-yards that included a 34-yard Kennard Swanson reception. Flowers utilized his speed to collect 33-yards on just four carries (8.3 yds./att.) Flowers, also saw action against conference foes #19 ECU, Houston and Memphis.
Spot on Fall Camp Depth Chart: Flowers was named the starting QB by head coach Willie Taggart earlier this week as Fall Camp came to an end. Senior Steven Bench also vied for the open starting job, and despite not being named the starter will likely share the snaps as the season stretches on. Coach Taggart just mentioned that he would be using Bench in the 2015 opener against FAMU on 620WDAE. I know the fanbase, like yours truly, feels uneasy after weathering 2-10, 4-8 consecutive seasons but let's remain hopeful.
How He Came to USF: The Miami native was coached by Antonio Brown at Jackson High School and was widely considered one of the best athletes in Florida. Flowers, a versatile dual-threat quarterback, ignited the Jackson offense during his senior campaign by pummeling the opposition with his 1,349-yard air-assault and roasting them on the ground for 641-yards and 10 touchdowns. Flowers devoured the touted, talent-rich 305 for 6,042-yards passing and 2,000-yards on the ground, contributing 32 touchdowns in total during his High School career.
Flowers passed for 1,712-yards & 17 touchdowns while running for 631-yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. As a sophomore, Flowers passed for 2,151-yards while pulling a dine-and-dash on the ground for 562 more. Is he quick? Flowers clocked a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. #BarnBurner
Recruiting Rankings: Flowers was rated a 88.90 three-star, 9th overall QB-DT by 247 Sports, three stars by Scout, 78 three-star by ESPN, and 5.50 three-star by Rivals. He also received offers from Alabama, Nebraska, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Texas, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, UCF and Cincinnati amongst others before committing to former coach Telly Lockette and the USF Bulls.
Flowers was No. 82 in the final Scout 300 national ranking, ranked as the No. 9 dual threat quarterback in the nation, and the No. 43 player in Florida by 247sports.com. Flowers was also No. 9 in the 2014 Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100, No. 7 on the 2014 Miami-Dade Top 50 list, and named to 2012 first team All-Dade Football Team by the Miami Herald.
Projected Playing Time: Flowers is the starter for game one and we will all have to wait and see what's in store for Bulls Nation in 2015. You better believe we will see a whole lot of Senior Steven Bench. Are you really surprised though? What say you USF Bulls faithful? Share your thoughts below. We will be here covering the entire season, providing the latest updates.
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