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Updated: USF says B.J. Daniels still game-time decision against WVU

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Although South Florida will likely be getting their leading receiver back for Thursday’s game against WVU, they will be without their quarterback, B.J. Daniels.

Tampa’s ABC affiliate is reporting this evening that backup quarterback Bobby Eveld will get his second straight start as the Bulls try to get bowl eligible in the final game of the year. Eveld started last week’s 34-24 loss to Louisville when it became clear Daniels’ shoulder injury, which he suffered in a loss to Miami, would keep him from seeing the field.

Althoug Daniels suited up for the UL game, he never played.

It’s a shame that Daniels has to end the season on such a sour note.

But, it may turn out to be beneficial to WVU. The Mountaineers need a win against USF to stay alive in the Big East’s BCS race; a win by Cincinnati over UConn Saturday would cement a BCS bid for the Mountaineers.

UPDATED 12:20 p.m. ET 12/1: USF has reiterated that no decision has been made on Daniels despite reports to the contrary. He will be a game-time decision.

Having Daniels would be a huge boost for the Bulls. As one of you already pointed out, Daniels absolutely torched WVU’s defense in Tampa back in 2009. The Mountaineers got the better of USF and Daniels last season — then again, that ’10 WVU defense got the better of just about everybody — but WVU has historically struggled against USF on the road.

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4 Responses to “Updated: USF says B.J. Daniels still game-time decision against WVU”
  1. phillyb6 says: Dec 1, 2011 7:13 AM

    “But, it may turn out to be beneficial to WVU”

    Absolutely. BJ Daniels KILLED WVU in 2009, and last season WVU’s defense was just very good and had USF under control altogether (gave up 6 points I think). This year the defense is not as good as the ’10 version, and a healthy Daniels would have been a handful for them. I think this injury is way under the radar.

    How well has this worked out for WVU? The slimmest of BcS chances are breaking the right way for WVU. The rest of the BE is losing/winning the way the Mountaineers need them to. And WVU got to play a half against Cincy’s backup QB, Pitt’s bad version of Sunseri, and now USF’s backup QB. All of this seems on the lucky side to me, but that said, I still think WVU would be the BE’s best representative in the BcS. (Could anyone else beat VT or Clemson?)

  2. blakebuchanan87 says: Dec 1, 2011 8:31 AM

    Interesting that the local ABC affiliate here usually pays little attention to USF and that they are the only one reporting this still. None of the blogs or beat-writers that follow USF have even mentioned BJ’s status since he was listed as Questionable on Sunday after he practiced for the first time.

    I guess I’ll stay cautiously optimistic on this…solely because I believe him playing is our only chance at attaining bowl-eligibility.

  3. midwestfan says: Dec 1, 2011 10:37 AM

    Hopefully UC throws the game Sat and these luckiest of bastards don’t get a chance to see their final BCS gm ever.

  4. helenh777 says: Dec 1, 2011 1:07 PM

    Dear midwestfan:

    How rude you are. Does it take one to know an entire team is ? Wow I am very grateful my team is not your team.

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