Reviewing the units: Quarterback

Posted: December 19, 2014 in Football

It was quite the year for the USF quarterbacks (and not really in a good way). Mike White was named the starter to begin the year, but it was quite the up and down year for him. Steven Bench took the field several times and true freshmen Quinton Flowers made one start. It was a mess under center and here is the full analysis of how the unit did at the end of the year.

Preseason grade: C+

Entering the year, things looked a lot better for the Bulls. Mike White had a year of experience under his belt and had gotten stronger in the weight room. Steven Bench had another year under the system and battled White for the starting job. The coaches brought in talented freshman Quinton Flowers as well, a player with speed that could be a great running threat. We all had some higher expectations for the offense and especially from the quarterback spot, but it didn’t quite work out that one once the year got started. Here are the stats from the quarterbacks this year.

#2 Steven Bench – 6’2″ 215 lbs. – Junior – 44 for 100, 611 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 16 carries, 1 touchdown

#17 Kyle Clise – 6’2″ 233 lbs. – Junior – Did not play this year

#9 Quinton Flowers – 6′ 217 lbs. – Freshman – for 20, 111 yards, 2 interceptions, 13 carries for 76 yards

#13 Austin Parker – 5’11’ 205 lbs. – Junior – Did not play this year

#16 Adam Robles – 6’3″ 195 lbs. – Freshman – Did not play this year

#14 Mike White – 6’4″ 211 lbs. – Sophomore – 122 for 242, 1639 yards, 8 touchdowns, 7 interceptions

#18 Evan Wilson – 6’2″ 195 lbs. – Redshirt freshman – Did not play this year

What a mess it was for the USF quarterbacks this year. Mike White was the starter to begin the year, but he was hurt and replaced by Steven Bench for a brief time. Then, once he was healthy, retook the starting job but struggled to find consistency. He showed some flashes against Tulsa, but then was benched against Cincinnati. He took a beating in the final two games and Bench was forced to play sparingly during that time. Quinton Flowers was brought in a few times, at first just to run the ball. He got the start against SMU, but was pulled late in the game after the offense struggled (playcalling didn’t help the young man that was going through a lot in his personal life). The coaching staff never found consistency from the unit and the way they pulled quarterbacks during games didn’t help at all either. The offense just never found a consistent player under center and the offense took a major step back in 2014 compared to just a year ago.

Postseason grade: D

Its the lowest grade of any unit at the end of the year. Every quarterback struggled during the season. White, Bench, and the few times we saw Flowers throw the ball, it was not pretty. There were injuries to the receivers, issues with the offensive line, and the way the coaching staff handled it all, all led to issues with the passing game. I can’t blame White, Bench, and Flowers for some of the mistakes and issues they faced this year. Flowers was thrown into the fire with no direction. Mike White was tossed in and out, throwing him off and he took a physical beating as well. It was just a bad year for the entire group. I have to rate the group badly. The numbers simply show how bad this unit was during the year. Maybe with a new offensive coordinator they will figure it out in 2015 (third times the charm, right?)

 

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