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Don’t sell Flowers “short”

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Christopher Fischer



It’s debatable until you put them all side by side, but South Florida’s Quinton Flowers maybe the shortest quarterback in the American Athletic Conference.

What’s not debatable, and true to his surname is the Junior signal caller has blossomed since winning the starting role a year ago.

It’s was a quarterback carousel for the Bulls until, the listed 6’0 dual-threat had something to prove. Flowers was offered scholarships from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, and Tennessee, but turned them aside. He didn’t want to be a wide receiver, nor a cornerback, Flowers wanted to lead the charge as a quarterback.

Last season he earned the starting role out of camp and took advantage of it. Flowers 2290 passing yards was the most by a Bull since B.J. Daniels Junior season.

Already, Flowers is on pace to blast last year away. Through the first two games he’s thrown for 528 yards with 350 of it coming last week against Northern Illinois, and 3,000 yards is definitely within reach.

Just think, Flowers is just getting comfortable with targets Rodney Adams, Ryeshene Bronson and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Oh and I did mention, he’s got a former NFL quarterback in his ear with first year QB Coach Shaun King.

Maybe Flowers has been overshadowed with the conference’s rushing champion in his back field in Marlon Mack. But with Mack out against the Huskies due to concussion protocol, Flowers turned in his best performance so far at USF.

The tougher tests begin this week playing back-to-back ACC programs. It’s feasible the Bulls beat Syracuse and leave the Carrier Dome with their third win of the season to remain undefeated.

Could you imagine going in to the showdown with second ranked Florida State, how many comparisons Flowers would receive to Daniels.

Daniels had a coming out party in the programs biggest victory, shocking the Seminoles back in 2009. It could be the same opportunity for Flowers September 24th in front of an expected sellout crowd on his home field.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Flowers maybe considered short, but he’s turning out to be the big man on campus for USF.

A native Floridian who graduated from Clearwater High School and the University of Florida, Chris Fischer has spent nearly 15 years in Sports Televison, including the last five as Sports Reporter and Anchor with the CBS affiliate in Tampa Bay-WTSP. He is a multi time AP Sports and Local Emmy award winner and will be seen this season as a sideline reporter on CBS-TV’s network coverage of the NFL.Chris brings enthusiasm and passion (particularly when it comes to his Gators) to College and NFL coverage to F.F.I.

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