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Flowers won’t play in Shrine Game due to death in family

Olivia Stacey

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This week, former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers has been trying to prove he has what it takes to play on the next level.

Flowers has been practicing for Saturday’s East-West Shrine game, which gives top college players a chance to showcase their talents to NFL scouts and a national television audience.

However, Flowers will not have that opportunity.

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller reported Friday that Flowers left Friday’s practice early and would not be returning. Flowers, who lost both of his parents before his high school graduation, will miss the game due to a death in his family.

The game was to have been an opportunity for Flowers to quiet some of the questions about his potential to play in the NFL.

Although he had a record-breaking career at USF (he owned or shared 34 school records), there’s continued debate about the dual-threat’s quarterback to succeed professionally. Some scouts feel he’ll need to consider a position change from quarterback if he hopes to succeed in the NFL.

Flowers is currently slotted as the 18th best quarterback prospect in the upcoming draft per WalterFootball.com, while other sites have him pegged as a hybrid runner/receiver or running back.

Though Flowers spent most of his four practices taking reps at quarterback this week, he also fielded punts on Tuesday.

The Denver Broncos were spotted talking with South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers after practices this week, according to NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread.

This afternoon’s game is televised nationally on the NFL Network.

The next opportunity for Flowers to showcase his skills will likely be the NFL scouting combine, which begins in late February.

Olivia is a multi-faceted sports reporter based in Tampa Bay where she has covered events from the College Football National Championship to the Stanley Cup Final. A native Floridian, she grew up rooting for Tampa’s sports teams, and graduated from East Lake High in Tarpon Springs. Olivia continued her education at the University of Florida where she received her broadcast journalism degree.

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