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USF’s Daniels battling hamstring injury

Aug 9, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

BJ Daniels

Irish fans know all too well what preseason hamstring injuries can do to a football team. (See Rudolph, Kyle for proof.) As the Irish prep for their opening game against South Florida, Skip Holtz’s Bulls need to get their starting quarterback healthy.

According to a report from Greg Auman’s USF Sports Bulletin, B.J. Daniels was helped off the field after an injury to his left hamstring. Daniels is an important cog in the USF offense, with a glaring lack of depth behind him at the quarterback position.

More from Auman:

USF has its first major injury concern of the preseason, with starting quarterback B.J. Daniels injuring his left hamstring as he went down awkwardly at the end of a scramble during Tuesday morning’s practice in Vero Beach.

Daniels was on his back as trainers attended to his left leg, then watched the remainder of practice from the sidelines, at one point sitting down to test his left leg. He walked gingerly to the team huddle at the end of practice, his leg iced, and was slow again leaving the field when practice ended.

USF head coach Skip Holtz (by coincidence) was not scheduled to speak with the media on Tuesday, though he may be available before or after the team’s second practice tonight. It’s reasonable to think Daniels would be held out tonight simply as a precaution — the Bulls still have 25 days before they open their 2011 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 3. Daniels, as a third-year starter, is the team’s best-known star and a reason the Bulls have been picked as one of the top challengers to West Virginia for the Big East title this fall.

Should the injury linger, USF doesn’t have backup quarterbacks with extensive college experience — sophomore Bobby Eveld led the Bulls to victory in the second half at Miami last season and made one start in the regular-season finale against Connecticut. The only other quarterback on scholarship is true freshman Matt Floyd, who enrolled in January.

While the digging is done, I haven’t unveiled my opponent overviews yet. That said, you don’t need an entire article on USF to understand that the Bulls offense goes as Daniels does, and this is certainly an issue worth monitoring.

  1. gtizzo - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    This kid better get healthy. I want the Irish to win and win big but I don’t want USF at half strength. Daniels doesn’t play, Irish win big, and then USF goes on to win the Big East title. Then we get to here about how the 10-2 irish (it is possible) don’t belong in a BCS game because of schedule.

    • 808raiderinparadise - Aug 9, 2011 at 7:34 PM

      HONESTLY with ND losing to Tulsa & Navy last year and syracuse, uconn in recent years, I will take any team without their star. ND has a tough schedule and opponents get up big for that game every year becuase of the TV coverage and well … It’s ND football.
      I don’t think ND would have any issues getting into a BCS bowl game at 10-2. Their is no blemish on your record that states *Star QB was out on opposing team. Line-up and smash whoever is in front of you without mercy, run up the score, get the TV coevrage and thats how you get the votes and hype. It’s the BCS we know its crooked. ND is a TV coeverage machine $$$$$$ BCS bowls would love to see ND in any of them.
      Funny things, I don’t worry about 10-2 because I think ND is in the making of a nat’l championship run this year. Tune-in.

  2. piratey - Aug 9, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Keith, please comment on these horrible rumors that our Irish may get a few games relegated to Versus….

    We’re going to take a game or two and put it on Versus,” said NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus.
    Versus, by the way, is going to be rebranded as NBC Sports Channel in January. It’s available in about 72 million homes right now. About the same as ESPNU. About 28 million fewer than ESPN, ESPN2 and FX. More than 40 million fewer than the Fox broadcast network.
    “What we really want to do is try to find stuff that can build up the cable channel,” Lazarus said. “That’s the key. That’s where all the money is.”

    • borromini - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:32 AM

      Any moving of games from NBC to one of Comcast’s cable channels with less national coverage would not be in Notre Dame’s interest. I could be wrong, but I don’t think Comcast can do that during the current contract that runs through 2015 without ND raising a dispute. The whole value of this contract is that ND is on TV NATIONALLY for all its home games.

  3. ellijayrehab24 - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:30 AM

    if people complain about notre dame being in a bcs bowl game with a10-2 record then no sec school should be there when they have a division 2 school on their schedule

    • trbowman - Aug 12, 2011 at 3:01 AM

      Only people who’d complain about that are just ND haters.

  4. goodguyattorney - Aug 11, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Go Bulls! Let’s pull this one out. Brahmans got ’em!

    • trbowman - Aug 12, 2011 at 3:01 AM

      I actually gave this comment a thumbs up, gotta respect a USF fan.

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