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Daniels unsure of status

Posted Nov 30, 2010 by Adam Adkins

Updated Nov 30, 2010 at 09:41 PM

USF coaches are not the only ones unsure of what starting quarterback B.J. Daniels’ availability will be for Saturday’s regular season finale against Connecticut.

“Right now I don’t even know,” Daniels said following Tuesday’s practice.

Daniels was able to get in some work Tuesday, albeit in limited fashion. He said his injured quad “is getting better. The soreness and stifness is going away, but it’s still extremely tight. Right now I’m just preparing and seeing what happens on Saturday.”

Daniels underwent some medical tests on Monday, including an MRI, but said the results were inconclusive.

“The training staff doesn’t even know what (the injury) is,” Daniels said. “Fortunately enough I didn’t pull any tendons or anything like that, but from not being able to move around the way I wanted to, and obviously I don’t have the flexibility, so it might have been some scar tissue that built up.”

Daniels re-aggravted the quad injury he originially suffered against Louisville during a run in the final moments of the first half against Miami. He admitted it was tough going to USF coaches at halftime of the game against the Hurricanes to divulge the fact his injury was limiting him to the point that the best option was probably to take him off the field.

“It was definitely tough being that I’m a competitor. I can’t rememember a game since flag football that I’ve sat out of because of injury,” Daniels said. “It’s just the relationship we have to be honest and things like that. It’s more of a team thing. I want to put myself in a position to help my team the best way I can, whether that’s on or off the field. Definitely when I’m on I want to do whatever I can, but the opportunity just presented itself for me to step up off the field as a leader and things like that and that’s something I try to do.”

If Daniels is unable to go, freshman walk-on Bobby Eveld would make his first career start against the Huskies.

Daniels wasn’t the only Bulls player who suffered an injury against Miami to return to practice Tuesday. Cornerbacks Mistral Raymond and Kayvon Webster and center Sampson Genus also were back out on the field after missing practice Sunday. Defensive lineman Craig Marshall, who hasn’t played since breaking a bone in his foot against Cincinnati, also practiced.

Defensive lineman Patrick Hampton, who missed last week’s game with an ankle injury, did not participate in Tuesday’s practice, but was out of the walking boot and doing some individual drills with a trainer on the side.