By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA – USF fans have gotten used to seeing Andre Davis make big plays and “Freak Show” didn’t disappoint during Saturday’s spring game.
Davis racked up 90 yards on three receptions with two going for scores to help the White Squad defeat the Green Machine, 14-11, at Raymond James Stadium.
“Our players call him ‘The Freak’ and he can do those things,” head coach Willie Taggart said. “I think he’s a special talent that’s going to do big things for us and we have to do a good job of getting him the football.”
Quarterback Matt Floyd did just that on the White Squad’s first play from scrimmage when he threw over the middle to Davis, who did most of the work while sprinting for an 85-yard touchdown.
“We knew we were going to go for a touchdown first play,” Floyd said. “It just worked extremely well. The safeties got off the hashes and we were able to squeeze it right over the middle.”
A fourth-down gamble by the White Squad paid off as halftime approached which set up a 1-yard TD pass from Floyd to Davis with only 9 seconds remaining before the break.
Floyd wound up going 9-for-16 for 208 yards with his only blemishes being lost fumbles while Green Machine quarterback Bobby Eveld made his impact late in the game. The senior rushed for a 1-yard touchdown as time expired and went 14-for-24 through the air for 143 yards. Eveld’s lone turnover was a mistake over the middle that resulted in an interception by linebacker Reshard Cliett in the third quarter.
Coach T Appreciates Strong Fan Support
An announced crowd of 4,606 was on hand to support the Bulls and Taggart certainly appreciated the buzz at Ray Jay.
“It was great to see our fans come out interested in our football team and they stayed the entire time. That was awesome to see and it gets you fired up,” he said.
Taggart said it’s now up to the Bulls to “do something” in the offseason and once games count in the fall.
“There are a lot of people counting on us to do things the right way and win a lot of ballgames,” he said. “We owe it to them and we have to work. Games are going to be won from what we do from this point on.”
Slick Play in Second Quarter
The White Squad was caught off-guard when quarterback Bobby Eveld came up with a 10-yard reception for a first down on a pass from Ryan Eppes, who was working in the backfield.
“I did have some word in that,” said Eveld of the playcalling.
Spring Isn’t Done Quite Yet
Taggart said spring game film will go a long way in evaluating players before the coaching staff meets with them next week.
“We had a lot of quizzes throughout spring and this was the final exam,” he said.
Aside from football, Taggart said other parts of player evaluation will consist of academics and how they’ve conducted themselves socially.
The Commissioner Always Wins
The prize for the White Squad’s spring game win will be a steak dinner while the Green Machine has to settle for hotdogs and beans.
Taggart, the game’s commissioner, was asked what he’ll be eating since he did help out both teams during the action and the big boss had a priceless answer.
“I’m the commissioner, I get it all. There aren’t going to be any hotdogs that day, I’m eating steak that day. I won,” he said with a laugh.