Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Taggart vents about lack of national attention for USF's Flowers

Quinton Flowers is the first Division I-A QB from a Florida school to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Quinton Flowers is the first Division I-A QB from a Florida school to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

TAMPA — USF coach Willie Taggart, as social media savvy as they come, resorted to Twitter in Sunday's wee hours to vent over the national ambivalence toward his sleek, surreal, stupefying quarterback.

Quinton Flowers finishes 24/29 for 263 yards and 2 TDs + 210 rushing yds + 3 TDs. Can anyone tell me why is not up for any awards?#Heisman

Had he room for a few more hashtags, Taggart might have added #travesty or #PowerFivebias. Debate certainly can rage over whether the Bulls (8-2) should be ranked (they aren't). But no national recognition for Flowers? Even the major conference elites with their noses in the air might attest something smells with that.

"That guy has freakish abilities," Memphis coach Mike Norvell said.

Flowers, who eclipsed B.J. Daniels' 5-year-old USF single-game total yards record with 473 (and five touchdowns) in a 49-42 win Saturday at Memphis, is the first Bull to run for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 in the same season.

Flowers' 210-yard effort Saturday, his third career 200-plus-yard rushing game, gives him 1,131 on the ground this season. Louisville sophomore Lamar Jackson is the nation's only Division I-A quarterback with more (1,334). No other I-A quarterback from a Florida school has ever rushed for 1,000 yards in a season.

"You show me someone better," Taggart said.

Yet while Jackson is the clear Heisman Trophy front-runner, Flowers, a junior from Miami, can't even shoehorn his way into the conversation.

He's not among the 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. The American Athletic Conference's lone semifinalist: Houston's Greg Ward, who has 702 fewer rushing yards and a lower pass efficiency rating (147.5) than Flowers (154.2).

"Flowers has good vision," said Memphis linebacker Curtis Akins, who has faced Flowers and Ward this season. "Of all the guys we have played this year, I think (Flowers) has the best vision."

That awareness was never more evident than during USF's final scoring drive Saturday.

Sensing pressure from his blind side on third and 8, Flowers scrambled right, where nickel back Austin Hall got both hands around his upper legs. Just before Flowers' knees hit the ground, he flung the ball in the right flat to Rodney Adams, who ran 13 yards for the first down.

Two plays later, Flowers scored the winning touchdown from 22 yards.

"I told him he's got about eight eyes around his head or something because he sees everything," Taggart said.

"I mean, I don't know how he sees it. I don't know how he comes out of some of the stuff he comes out of. I said a couple of weeks ago, he's like a video game, he's got the cheat codes."

Today, one could argue awards panels are cheating him.

Taggart vents about lack of national attention for USF's Flowers 11/13/16 [Last modified: Sunday, November 13, 2016 9:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  2. Lightning journal: Tighter defense fuels hot start

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — See what happens when you keep the crease clean, limit the traffic in front of G Andrei Vasilevskiy and limit Grade A scoring chances.

    BUZZER BEATER: Yanni Gourde gets the hugs with a goal with less than 1 second left in the first. 
  3. Red-hot Rowdies win playoff opener

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies entered Saturday night's United Soccer League playoff opener as the league's hottest team. First-round opponent FC Cincinnati did nothing to cool them down.

    Marcel Schafer carries a Rowdies teammate on his back after scoring his second goal against Cincinnati in Saturday night’s USL playoff game at Al Lang. Up next: another home game, Oct. 28 against New York Red Bulls II.
  4. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Those wide-open, end-to-end, shoot-at-will games are a lot of fun to watch, especially when those shots are going in the net. But if the players had their druthers, they would rather have a more controlled pace, one with which they can dictate the action.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Saturday's Lightning-Penguins game

    Lightning Strikes

    Man, is Nikita Kucherov fun to watch. He has a goal in all but one game this season and points in all nine. You have to watch him each time he is on the ice because he is going to do something you do not want to miss: a goal, a shot that requires a tough save, a nifty pass to set up a linemate for a goal.