USF quarterback Quinton Flowers hopes to hit the reset button Saturday at East Carolina.
Hindered by a thigh bruise, the sophomore completed 12 of 20 passes for 208 yards and rushed for a season-low 15 during Saturday’s 29-17 loss at Navy.
He put too much thought into his injury during the game, which caused him to miss a couple key reads, Flowers said Tuesday.
“I put that game on me,” Flowers said. “By going back and looking at that film, we played pretty good. I just messed up on a lot of reads that I had.”
The Bulls (4-4, 2-2) led 17-16 before two fourth-quarter touchdowns allowed the Midshipmen to remain undefeated in conference play.
Flowers has looked good in practice since Saturday and should be healthy going forward, coach Willie Taggart said.
“That was the first time the kid’s ever been hurt,” Taggart said. “I think he was concerned about it a lot, but I’m glad it’s over with now, and each day he’s gotten better.
“To see him go out and run around today with confidence and do the things that he did was very impressive and gratifying.”
While Flowers has been making strides on offense, Jamie Byrd has been sturdy on defense.
“(Byrd’s) just playing lights-out and instinctively,” Taggart said. “You don’t see a lot of hesitation.”
The senior has recorded all five sacks in the past three games.
“I tell you what, you talk about somebody that loves contact, the kid just loves contact,” Taggart said. “That one play where he hit the guy and knocked them both out of the game. I’m like, ‘Geez Jamie, you all right?’ But that’s him.”
Byrd and the 18 other seniors have a limited number of games remaining in the schedule, as bowl eligibility is still two wins away.
“I stress to the seniors that they only have four more guaranteed games,” Taggart said. “So enjoy your teammates and go out there and play every one like it’s your last, because this is a time you’re going to remember the rest of your life.”