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USF QB Quinton Flowers making adjustments at Shrine Game practices

Olivia Stacey



Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the college football season has ended, for many of the players dreaming of the NFL, the next steps are being taken. One of those is in St. Petersburg, where the 93rd East-West Shrine Game practices are underway in advance of Saturday’s All-Star game.

Many times at these workouts and in these games, pro prospects will be asked to try and do different things to demonstrate to NFL scouts, general managers, etc. that they have versatility and are coachable.

This is the situation that former record breaking USF QB Quinton Flowers is in this week. Flowers is used to working out of a shotgun snap, but worked mostly under center on Monday in preparation of this weekend’s Shrine Game.

Tampa television station WFLA-TV “Newschanel 8” was there and their sports director, Dan Lucas,  provided this image:

It was an adjustment for Flowers, who fumbled a couple of the first exchanges. And at one point, he was actually replaced in the QB rotation, because of it.

Further, some draft experts believe he would be better at an entirely different position. Several have pegged him as a running back, drawing comparisons to former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. While others see him as a hybrid runner/receiver.

Flowers is listed at 6’0″, 210 pounds. He has the frame to fit in well as an NFL running back. Flowers has excellent athleticism and speed, but some analysts say he might be a better runner than a passer in the NFL.

Flowers wrapped up a record-setting career at USF by leading his team to a last-minute 38-34 victory over Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl.

Flowers, who was named the game’s MVP, was one of USF’s 23 seniors that have led USF’s program to its winningest era — going 28-9 in three seasons, and winning 10 games in back-to-back years.

The dual-threat quarterback became the school’s all-time career rushing leader — leaving his mark on USF’s program with 11,802 total yards and a school-record 70 touchdown passes.

The major schools who had recruited Flowers wanted him at different positions. Alabama thought he should be a receiver. South Carolina wanted him as a defensive back. Miami believed he’d make a talented running back.

But Flowers was relentless — he was a quarterback. And, he just proved the doubters wrong at the collegiate level.

However, he now finds himself in a similar situation, faced with the the same questions about his potential as a quarterback — only this time as a pro.

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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