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Vaas: Daniels has elevated play quite a bit

Posted Aug 23, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Aug 23, 2011 at 09:35 PM

Here is Tuesday’s practice report from correspondent Michael Manganello:

Following Saturday’s second scrimmage of the fall season, USF coach Skip Holtz gave quarterback B.J. Daniels a vote of confidence, saying he will be the starting quarterback when the season opens and said he was disappointed with the competition at the quarterback position.

Daniels has pulled away from sophomore Bobby Eveld, who in turn has pulled away from true freshman Matt Floyd to win the backup position. Quarterback coach Peter Vaas says this is a result of Daniels’ comfort in his second year in offensive coordinator Todd Fitch’s offense.

“I think probably the most positive way to look at it is how much improvement (Daniels) has made,” Vaas said. “When you look back at the end of the spring and you kind of lump them all together and then you come back and you go through fall camp, I think B.J. has elevated his play quite a bit.”

Daniels credits his improved play to a change in his focus level and the work he’s put in with his teammates.

“This is my fourth year here now,” Daniels said. “The way we’ve attacked summer workouts, the way everybody is trying to hang around and be a sponge and absorb information from the coaches, the way that we stay after and watch film—most of this stuff is on our own time.”

SWITCHING GEARS: Tuesday began a new practice regime for the Bulls as the team moved past training camp and got closer to a normal game week schedule.

“We came back today and had a reallyspirited practice, it was really good,” Holtz said. “We’re out of camp mode and so with the players—it’s another one of the advantages of going to Vero. When you come back, it’s almost like ‘Alright, camp is over,’ so they start to wean out of that—rather than being in that same environment, same routine, everything stays the same, but the schedule changes a little bit.”

The Bulls are preparing for Friday’s final scrimmage as if it was a regular game.

BULLS BITS Redshirt junior quarterback George Baker sat out Tuesday’s practice with a groin injury…Joining Baker on the sidelines was the freshman duo of offensive lineman Thor Jozwiak and fullback Tye Turner…Redshirt freshman cornerback Spencer Boyd returned to the practice field after recovering from a knee injury.

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