USF NEWS: What It Means Now That USF Has Starting QB
Head coach Willie Taggart has named Mike White USF’s starting QB, beating out close-competitor Steven Bench, as well as Sarasota walk-on Evan Wilson and freshman Quinton Flowers.
Shortly after leading his high school football team to a state championship, White received a phone call from Taggart offering him a scholarship. This was Taggart’s first scholarship offer as USF’s head coach, and White became his first commit.
Last season, White had his redshirt burned as a true freshman in the Bull’s seventh game against the Louisville Cardinals. He then started the rest of the season, totaling five more games. During his first start against Houston, he had the best performance by a USF quarterback in program history by throwing for 311 yards and two touchdowns.
Being a pro-style passer, White suits Taggart’s offense and has made attempts to correct past issues. He has gained 27 pounds during the offseason, putting him at 213 at camp. In addition to his physical transformation, his comments in Times Staff Writer, Joey Knight’s report show maturity with his decision-making.
“And being a quarterback, you’ve got to realize that not every play is gonna be a 15-yard completion. There’s gonna be some times you need to throw it away and live to see another down,” White said.
“And I think I kind of got away from that toward the end of the year. And that’s one thing I’ve been working on (in camp). … I think that was the biggest thing, I tried to push too much instead of just letting the playmakers make the plays.”
The sophomore has also sought advice from former Bulls.
Mike White said he has talked to Matt Grothe, B.J. Daniels and others about leading the Bulls. #USF
— USF Football (@USFFootball) August 18, 2014
Though White enters as the starter, fans should remember how quick Taggart was change the line-up last season. Going through four starters in 2013, Matt Floyd, Bobby Eveld, Steven Bench, and finally White, fans shouldn’t necessarily expect the Bulls’ to stay a one-quarterback team.