TAMPA — There’s mystery surrounding the quarterbacks for the University of South Florida’s game Saturday at Michigan State. Neither team has publicly named a starter.
USF coach Willie Taggart said no decision had been made heading into Thursday’s workout, which he termed a “big-time practice’’ for determining a direction at quarterback and other positions. Wednesday’s practice was cut short by lightning.
Senior Bobby Eveld would figure to have an upper hand after going 10 for 20 for 137 yards and two touchdowns in relief during a season-opening 53-21 loss against McNeese State. Sophomore Matt Floyd was benched in the third quarter after going 9-for-20 for 72 yards with two interceptions. Sophomore Steven Bench, a Penn State transfer hampered by injuries, has not been as comfortable in USF’s offense.
Meanwhile, Michigan State is debating between senior Andrew Maxwell and sophomore Connor Cook.
Taggart said he wasn’t keeping his decision a secret for tactical reasons -— “Once we decide, I don’t care who else knows’’ — but wanted to be certain he was doing what was best for the team.
Floyd and LB DeDe Lattimore will continue as captains, while Deonte Welch takes over as the special-teams representative.