Week 10 Preview: A Tale of Two Quarterbacks
The voice of USF Athletics routinely puts down his radio headset and picks up the pen to share his perspective on the history of USF Athletics.
Louk has been broadcasting games for 29 years and is the resident historian in the Athletics Department hallways.
Voice of the USF Bulls
It's been an interesting couple of weeks between football games around the hallways of USF Athletics. B.J. Daniels had his surgery and met with the media. Some of the other injured Bulls made it back to the practice field, and some did not. And, two young quarterbacks competed for a chance to be the guy Saturday in Miami.
Skip Holtz has spent the week praising both Bobby Eveld and Matt Floyd and saying how close they have been competitively. So close in fact, that he's not going to publicly name a starter until shortly before kickoff.
Expect this though; he'll choose the player he thinks gives USF the best chance to win. Even though it was hoped Eveld could use 2012 as a redshirt season, if the move is right, he'll get the call against the Hurricanes.
It's an intriguing choice. There is a tendency to drop both Floyd and Eveld in to the same boat because both are so different from B.J. Daniels. The running ability of Daniels is not there, nor the experience. But each is a talented passer that provides presence in the pocket.
Eveld of course, has more experience. Ironically he'll be returning to the scene of his greatest USF moments to date, when he replaced an injured Daniels against Miami in 2010 and led the Bulls to an overtime win. He has two career starts.
Floyd, the designated No. 2 quarterback before the Daniels injury, has seen brief playing time in four games this season.
Holtz has said that Eveld's experience works for him, while Floyd is more mobile and elusive. But to date, those traits haven't been enough to separate one from the other. And to be sure, a road game against Miami isn't the easiest place to break in for any player.
At 3-6 the Bulls again have no margin for error entering this game. They will need a win to stay alive for bowl eligibility, and will have to generate far more offense than they did in their 6-3 slugfest loss to Miami in 2011.
Whether it is Eveld or Floyd, the challenge is there for every USF player. Regardless of who plays quarterback, they can't do it alone. It will take a full effort from the Bulls Saturday to keep this season's bowl hopes alive.
This game will be televised on a variety of regional sports networks including Sun Sports. Radio begins at 1 p.m. on 98.7 The Fan.
This is the last non-conference game of the season, and the first of the post B.J. Daniels era. The storylines will be numerous as the Bulls go for two wins in a row.
The voice of the Bulls, Jim Louk, offers his perspective of USF Athletics, both past and present.
For 29 years, Jim Louk has been the voice of USF Athletics.
Louk came to USF in 1983 as the radio play-by-play announcer for the USF men's basketball team and served as the lead voice until the conclusion of the 1996-97 season. He then made the transition to football in USF's inaugural 1997 campaign, and still serves as the team's play-by-play announcer today. Louk will come into the 2012 football season having broadcast every Bulls football game in history - a span of 177 games.
He has handled USF TV play by play broadcasts on SportsChannel, Fox Sports Florida, and Brighthouse Sports Network. His career includes over 1,500 play by play broadcasts of USF events, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer and volleyball.
This series of articles for GoUSFBulls.com began in 2010.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Louk is a 1979 graduate of the University of Bridgeport where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism. Louk and his wife Barbara reside in Lutz. Their son Ross is a sophomore in college.