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USF Football 9/9 Press Conference: QB Competition?

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Coach Strong spoke to the media Monday about a variety of topics, including the quarterback position.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 USF at Georgia Tech Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In his opening statement to the media Monday morning, South Florida Bulls head coach Charlie Strong spoke about the self-inflicted mistakes that have plagued the team through the first two weeks of the season. He referenced penalties that killed drives for the Bulls as well as those that extended drives for their opponents. He also referenced missed tackles, missed assignments, and the inability to consistently win at the line of scrimmage.

The offensive line was asked about several times with Coach Strong saying that the team must be able to run the ball to avoid being one dimensional. Strong stated that the offensive line, as well as some of the receivers, need to win one-on-one battles more consistently. One way to win more one-on-one battles may be a change in personnel. Strong stated that several positions will be assessed including the left tackle position currently manned by senior William Atterbury. I would anticipate a few changes on this week’s depth chart at several spots.

However, the most frequent topic of conversation, as it often is, was the quarterback position.

Strong was asked about the position immediately and stated that they are still evaluating and that there will be competition this week. He also hinted that the decision would be made quickly, as Tuesday and Wednesday practices are the real “work days” of the week. Strong referenced his past at Louisville with Teddy Bridgewater, and said he is not afraid to make a change at the QB position.

Strong specifically praised redshirt freshman Jordan McCloud for coming in and taking advantage of the opportunities he’s been given. The Plant High School product finished 4-for-5 for 90 yards, and a touchdown of some significance.

I think the fact that Strong was so open to the line of questioning about the position speaks volumes. There may not be a complete change yet, but it feels like something will be different this Saturday.

Strong finished by praising the team’s attitude. He said now they just need to finish more consistently. He specifically praised the transfers that have come in on the defensive side of the ball for their leadership and practice habits.

Strong also confirmed that one of those transfers, Patrick Macon, will miss the first half this week as part of the punishment for his targeting penalty ate in the fourth quarter against Georgia Tech.