South Florida held a spring game on Saturday that wasn't really a spring game, as the Bulls still have another scrimmage next weekend. But they were in Raymond James Stadium and getting after it in front of the fans, so let's review the particulars.
The unexpected star of the show was true freshman quarterback Matt Floyd, who finished 20-of-34 for 233 yards and a touchdown. That included 6-of-7 passing against the first-team defense, as Floyd saw more snaps than planned because Bobby Eveld got hit in the jaw early. With Jamius Gunsby taking the rest of the spring off to fix his academics, Floyd could rise to No. 3 or even higher on the quarterback depth chart.
Starting quarterback B.J. Daniels was less sharp, completing just 13 of 29 passes for 145 yards and an interception. Dropped passes marred the offense's day, and head coach Skip Holtz was not happy about it. Consistency in the passing game, of course, was a big problem for last year's team.
"It was pretty discouraging watching the passing game," Holtz said. "Defensively, they ran every blitz known the man. But I thought just the way we executed the passing game was really poor. ... We're definitely going to have to get better at that if we're going to have any shot as an offensive football team."
Demetris Murray led the team in rushing with 10 carries for 57 yards. Transfer Darrell Scott didn't get much of a chance to impress; he pulled a hamstring early on and will miss the rest of the spring.
The defense controlled things most of the way. Luke Sager had two sacks, while Quenton Washington and Mark Joyce each had interceptions.
"It was ugly to watch," Holtz said of the scrimmage.
The game drew only 2,493 fans, a staggeringly low turnout for a spring game. Perhaps fans are waiting to attend this Saturday's on-campus scrimmage.