Tampa, FL -- USF head coach Willie Taggart has named Matt Floyd the Bulls' starting quarterback, and the team returned to the practice field Tuesday with Floyd taking snaps with the first team.
Floyd was chosen over Bobby Eveld and Penn State transfer Steven Bench. Taggart liked his leadership skills, among other things.
Floyd is a 6'1" redshirt sophomore from the Panhandle town of Milton, near Pensacola. He started two games last fall, still hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in competition, but has five interceptions.
Floyd appreciated that Taggart trusts him with running the offense, but there was more.
"Even more than that, it was the fact that I was voted the team captain," Matt Floyd said before practice Tuesday. "Being offered the team captain position, I didn't expect to happen at all ... To have that honor, and to be voted by the players and my teammates, is really cool ... That means they have a lot of confidence in me."
"Just his poise in the pocket, the way the ball was coming out," said Willie Taggart. "I didn't see Matt as much as I saw Bobby Eveld in the summertime, so you didn't know how much he was working ... But apparently, he was working."
The Bulls play McNeese State in the season opener, Saturday at 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.