By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - USF faithful packed Corbett Stadium on Saturday night and saw a ton of fireworks from the Bulls' offense in the team's second scrimmage of the spring.
All three quarterbacks combined to throw for more than 550 yards and seven scores in a Green and Gold Bowl that featured 10 touchdowns in front of a lively crowd on campus.
"It was good for us to be able to move the ball up and down the field," quarterback B.J. Daniels said. "We're still working on being consistent with our drives, but all in all I feel like it was a good day."
Daniels wanted to start off "with a bang" and the fifth-year senior did just that when he hooked up with Andre Davis for a 59-yard pass down to the 1-yard line early in the first quarter. Demetris Murray banged through defenders to score on the very next play.
"Last week we didn't come out with that fire that we came out with this week. I just got the chance to make a big play this week and that sparked the offense," Davis said.
Davis has shined the brightest out of USF's deep receiver group this spring and he continued to dazzle Saturday by catching four passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore's first score was in the red zone from 14 yards out on a pass from Matt Floyd and his second was another deep strike from Daniels for a 33-yard touchdown.
"I just want to be as good as I can be," Davis said.
A total of 19 different players caught a pass in the Bulls' tune-up before next Saturday's spring game at Raymond James Stadium thanks in part to the guys getting them the ball.
Saturday was fans' first chance to see the 2012 version of the Bulls perform and Daniels showed he's continuing to progress by going 18-for-24 with two touchdown passes. His other scoring toss was from 11 yards out to tight end Evan Landi in traffic.
"The way he's playing within the system and the decisions he's making right now, it makes a difference for your offense," head coach Skip Holtz said.
Floyd and Bobby Eveld were both listed at No. 2 on USF's initial depth chart and both performed well in their battle for the backup spot.
Eveld went 12-for-16 for 154 yards and three touchdowns. The junior showed poise in the pocket by biding some time and finding fullback Tye Turner for a 20-yard touchdown pass a week after he earned mixed reviews in the team's first scrimmage a couple hundred yards over at the football practice facility.
"I think I was seeing the field a lot better and it also helps to have the O-line having another week to work together," Eveld said.
Eveld completed his first eight passes for 100 yards in the first half and he looked sharp in the two practices before the Green and Gold Bowl.
"This week I thought Bobby really responded and he fought back," Holtz said. "He sat in there and made some poised decisions."
Floyd got himself up to No. 2 on the depth chart by showing command last week and the redshirt freshman stayed competitive Saturday by going 18-for-30 for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Floyd did produce the quarterbacks' only interception when he scrambled off a play-action call and threw into a crowd with senior cornerback Kayvon Webster snatching it up off a deflection.
"Some of the plays he was able to make for us tonight were really positive," said Holtz of Floyd.
Most of the big plays made Saturday were through the air, but Holtz was encouraged by what he saw on the ground. Murray did his thing with a score, Bradley Battles got in the end zone from a yard out and Lindsey Lamar was electric inside when he broke a number of tackles on the way to an 8-yard touchdown. Marcus Shaw also earned loud cheers when he showed his speed and toughness inside the tackles during the scrimmage that lasted about 150 plays.
"We're more explosive there than we were a year ago. They're playing with a lot of confidence right now," Holtz said.
THE ON-CAMPUS EXPERIENCE
Corbett Stadium's seats were filled for Saturday's scrimmage and the berms surrounding the field were pretty busy as well, which made for a great game-like experience for the Bulls.
"It felt like we were playing at Raymond James," Webster said.
Holtz jumped on the microphone after the scrimmage's final play to thank the fans for coming and called Saturday "a great atmosphere on campus."
"Just put 50,000 seats around that field right there and we'll be good," Holtz joked with reporters afterward.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Bulls will practice Monday and Wednesday before the spring game that takes place 6 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. Admission and parking are free with Lot 6D being available starting at 3 p.m. Fans should use Gate C, which will open at 5 p.m.