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Don’t sell Flowers “short”

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Christopher Fischer

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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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Report- Alabama will hire Charlie Strong as consultant

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Former USF coach Charlie Strong has decided on a new role for the upcoming 2020 season, and it won’t be in Gainesville.

ESPN college football insider Chris Low reported Tuesday morning that Strong has agreed to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama as a defensive “consultant” for this season

As we wrote last week, Strong had visited Saban and the Tide about the possible position on his staff, while considering a similar opportunity to join either Dan Mullen’s Gators staff or a couple of others in a consulting role. None of this will affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart.

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Former USF coach Strong to be consultant for Alabama?

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And intriguing item popped up Friday morning involving former USF head coach Charlie Strong and him visiting Nick Saban the Alabama football program.

According to Alabama Insider and radio host, Aaron Suttles, Strong, who was dismissed last December after his third season with the Bulls, was in Tuscaloosa Thursday meeting with Saban and his staff:

Strong had also been reportedly talking with the University of Florida about a possible consultant role, which likely would not affect the nearly $3 million that USF still owes him as the buyout on the final two years of his contract.

Strong was fired after the Bulls collapsed losing their final four games to finish 4 – 8 this season. They were beaten by 27 or more points five times this year, including the last two losses to Memphis and rival UCF. This combined with the Bulls having lost their final six games, including their bowl game last year, meant that Strong had lost 14 of his final 18 games.

USF hired Clemson Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott earlier about a week later and gave him a 5-year, $12 million deal to become a first-time head coach in FBS football.

There had been some debate about Strong’s buyout being the amount of compensation that was remaining on his original five-year contract that he signed when he took the job in December of 2016 after being fired by the University of Texas. That contract called for Strong to be paid to $2. 5 million on average for 2020 and 2021.

However, USF informed Strong in his termination letter that the amount would be approximately $3 million under clauses in his deal.

Saban has a history of taking in former head coaches to come to Bama and observe and assist as a consultant with either his offense or defense. He’s done this for the last two years with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones and obviously, took in both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian both of whom had been fired as coaches by USC at different stages.

Strong is known is an outstanding defensive coach from his previous days, as the Gators defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. He later went on to success at the University of Louisville before taking The the Texas head coaching job in 2014.

Strong was fired after three seasons in Austin in 2016, but immediately hired by USF to replace Willie Taggart

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