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USF coach sees first game action in annual football spring game

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Matt Floyd threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns to lead the White team over the Green 14-11 in the South Florida spring game on Saturday. 

On their first offensive play, Floyd and to Andre Davis hooked up for an 85-yard touchdown pass. 

"I wanted to get the ball to my best playmaker right away," Floyd said. "I wanted to give Andre a chance to make a big play and he did the rest." 

Davis caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Floyd right before halftime. He finished with three catches for 90 yards. 

In last week's selection draft, Davis was selected 18th overall. New South Florida coach Willie Taggart believes the receiver took that as a slight. 

"I think Andre definitely came out here with a chip on his shoulder," Taggart said. "Eighteenth was probably a little low for a player with his talent. Our players call him 'The Freak' because he can do big things for us with the football in his hands." 

The game was a big step forward for Floyd, who is in his third year with the program and is battling senior Bobby Eveld for the starting position. Eveld was 14-of-24 for 143 yards and an interception. He scored the Green team's only touchdown with a 1-yard sneak as time elapsed. 

Taggart said both quarterbacks had good moments but still have much to prove. 

"Matt and Bobby have a long way to go and the team as a whole has a long way to go," Taggart said. "We made a lot of good strides this spring and there is a lot for us to build on over the next few months." 

The game was controlled by the defense on both teams. The White team's pass rush was in Eveld's face most of the game with Aaron Lynch, Clavion Nelson and Zack Bullock recording sacks. Taggart was particularly complimentary of Lynch, who was a freshman All-American at Notre Dame in 2011. 

"I thought Aaron set the tone early with his pass rush and that's what we're going to be expecting from him this year," Taggart said. "Overall, I was happy with both defensive teams but there are some things I see we are going to have to work on." 

Willie Davis led all rushers with 39 yards on 15 carries while Marcus Shaw had 33 yards on 11 carries. Derrick Hopkins led the Green team with four receptions for 60 yards. Demi Thompson and Julius Forte each recorded sacks for the Green team. Thompson also recovered a fumble. 

White team defensive back Reshard Cliett had the game's only interception.

The winning team will be rewarded with steaks at the team's spring cookout while the losing team will be served hot dogs and beans. Taggart spent time coaching on both sides. 

"I was the commissioner of the game so I'm guaranteed a steak," Taggart said. "As far as I'm concerned, I won."

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