While their quarterback accepts the new role of becoming a dad for the first time, his USF Bulls are looking at a new life to the season. Saturday, American Athletic Conference play begins for USF on the road in Cincinnati. It will mark the first time Quinton Flowers takes the gameday field as a proud poppa after the birth of his baby girl on Tuesday.
“He’s a new father, (has) a different perspective on life now. He’s got to grow up even more now and he’s got to do a great job to be a great father, and I know that he will,”said coach Willie Taggart.
Now, Flowers has to nurture two futures. The Bulls season ahead seems a little less daunting of the two for the Junior signal caller. He’ll get the opportunity to learn from the past as far as USF is concerned. Yet, he won’t want to dwell on the recent history of the blowout loss to FSU last Saturday.
As Taggart put it on Tuesday, “That’s in the past, and were looking toward the future.” It’s been emphasized time and time again this season, USF is trying to do something the program has never done.
“We want to win a conference championship, that’s the goal,” said Taggart.
Saturday will be instrumental in trying to keep the trajectory moving upward for the program. Both the Bulls and Bearcats walk in to this AAC-East division showdown with a 3-1 record. For Cincinnati, they will be out for redemption following last season’s 65-27 spanking Flowers and the Bulls delivered. Flowers tossed 4 touchdowns in that meeting, and this year he’s capable of doing it again with the “Gulf Coast Offense” striking more than any other team in the AAC.
The Bearcats have been using a quarterback carousel through four games this season. But that doesn’t matter to a USF defense that looked like poached “Bull Sharks” by FSU who put 55 on the board, rather than what they’ve displayed early in the season (Surrendering 19 PPG in first 3 games).
Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville said of USF, “They have the most athletes in the conference.” And the Bulls will need one of those guys in particular to step up and make plays, and no I don’t mean Marlon Mack. It’s Flowers, who needs to bounce back and show the Bearcats who their daddy is. He was just 5 of 14 passing for 160 yards against the Seminoles, and majority of that yardage came on the first play of the game.
The vision, the talent and the expectation is all there as conference play begins for the Bulls. Now it’s up to Flowers to provide his own type delivery.