South Florida QB Quinton Flowers’ stellar performance against South Carolina in last year’s Birmingham Bowl was sweet revenge for a player that didn’t get a chance to be a signal-caller in the SEC.
The coach that didn’t give him that opportunity, Will Muschamp, was on the opposite sideline as he watched the Miami native carve up the Gamecocks defense from inside and outside the pocket.
Flowers went for 366 total yards and 5 TDs (2 passing, 3 rushing) as the Bulls hung on for a 46-39 victory.
On Friday, Flowers spoke with Chris Torello of Spectrum Sports to discuss the motivation that Muschamp provided by not recruiting him as a quarterback while he was the head coach at Florida in 2014.
— Chris Torello (@TorelloSports) August 25, 2017
“I beat a Power 5 team, and that same coach that was coaching that team, the head coach, that’s the same coach that recruited me at Florida and didn’t give me a chance to be a quarterback,” Flowers said.
“So it was a great feeling knowing that you’re going out there, and a coach that is recruiting you but didn’t want to recruit you as a quarterback, you’re going against him and seeing how the team that he put together over there, you get to go out there and show him that you can accomplish anything.”
Last season, Flowers put together a phenomenal campaign that saw him throw for 2,812 yards and run for 1,530 more. He was one of only three FBS players to pass for 2,000 and rush for 1,000 along with Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Nick Fitzgerald of Mississippi State.
The senior is already off to a tremendous start in 2017, leading No. 19 South Florida to a dominating 42-22 win over San Jose State on Saturday night. Flowers threw for 212 yards and 2 TDs while rushing for 70 yards and adding another score on the ground.
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