The first “Green and White” USF Spring game under the helm of Charlie Strong is in the books and probably the most intriguing name from Saturday is wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
The fifth year senior out of St.Petersburg already made an impact in 2016 with an almost 19 yard per catch average and five TDs. And now, with Rodney Adams graduating and moving on to the NFL, Valdes-Scantling appears to become the new primary big play target of QB Quinton Flowers.
Observe from Saturday:
Two White penalties couldn't keep Green from scoring as Valdes-Scantling takes it to the house, then adds an A+ celebration!! pic.twitter.com/RWbEJCMZw1
— USF Football (@USFFootball) April 15, 2017
Granted, it’s a Spring Game and the defense wasn’t exactly moving at warp speed on that play, but still, Valdes-Scantling has size at 6’5″, and speed to burn.
“You’ve got guys outside that can win,” Strong said after Saturday’s game. “…When you can run like that with Valdes….. and them making plays that they did, that’s what you like to see.”
He spent his first two seasons at N.C. State and after sitting out 2015, he’s ready to be one of the premiere pass catchers upcoming in the American Athletic Conference. And with Flowers’ ability to run like he demonstrated last season, Valdes-Scantling will likely benefit on broken plays, and deep throws, etc.
We’re a long way from football that matters starting in September, but the potential for Marquez Valdes-Scantling is obviously there.