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QB Floyd's offensive woes continue

MICHAEL MANGANELLO Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 02:55 AM

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Essentially, University of South Florida quarterback Matt Floyd had 11 quarters of football this season to comfortably install himself as the clubhouse favorite to be the Bulls' starting quarterback in 2013.

He took over as the team's quarterback in the second quarter against Miami on Nov. 17 and made his first start last week against Cincinnati.

Unfortunately for Floyd, a redshirt freshman playing his first season of college football, his performances have only made the picture of who will be taking snaps for USF next season even foggier.

Saturday night was the low point of his campaign.

Floyd had a rough first quarter against Pittsburgh in a 27-3 loss. On the Bulls' opening drive, his pass bounced off wide receiver Andre Davis' hands and into the arms of the Panthers' Jason Hendricks, giving Pittsburgh the ball on USF's 21-yard line.

USF could have tied the game at 7-7 on its second possession with the ball at Pittsburgh's 6-yard line, but again Floyd was intercepted, ending the drive.

On the Bulls' next snap, Floyd was sacked and fumbled, again giving the Panthers the ball deep in USF territory.

It was a bad enough first quarter that Floyd was actually the team's fourth-leading tackler in the period with two tackles.

"The strip in the pocket and the (one in the red zone) I thought were bad turnovers," offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said. "Two of the four, for sure, I'm frustrated with and he is too. … It's part of the growing process, you hate to grow at this time. There's some pluses, but not enough to put us over the hump obviously."

Under Floyd's direction, the Bulls managed only 55 yards in the first half, failing to score. Since Floyd's assumption of the quarterback role, USF has only scored 22 points total in nearly three games. The USF defense actually played one of its best halves of the season, but got no help whatsoever from an ailing offense.

In his nearly three games of action, Floyd has yet to throw a touchdown pass. The Bulls' 117 total offensive yards Saturday night were the fewest in program history.

Floyd was 12-for-25 for 93 yards and three interceptions.

"Obviously the interceptions and turnovers and stuff like that have got to be fixed, that's the negative side of it," Floyd said. "But every snap I took was really valuable and helped me for next year."

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