TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A question mark remained next to the starting quarterback position for the University of South Florida all week.
Even in the final minutes before the game, confusion clouded the question of who would be starting – Blake Barnett or Jordan McCloud?
Barnett appeared to be the answer when his picture showed up on the scoreboard as the starting team was announced. But Bulls Unlimited, USF’s radio network, reported just minutes later that McCloud would start at QB.
McCloud’s start was officially confirmed when he took the field for the Bulls as Barnett sat on the sidelines.
Barnett started 10 games last season and has struggled mightily in the first two games of this season. He has completed 25 of 50 passes for 188 yards and he has tossed two interceptions. The Bulls have only scored one touchdown in those two games and Jordan McCloud is responsible for it.
McCloud, a redshirt freshman from Tampa, made appearances in the second half in both games. He has completed 7 of 8 passes for 112 yards. He has not thrown any interceptions and he is credited with the touchdown pass to Johnny Ford in the game against Georgia Tech.
“We have given them both the same amount of reps and I will tell you what,” Kerwin Bell, the Bulls’ offensive coordinator, said Wednesday, “they have both accepted the challenge. They are both playing really well in practice. Jordan is really pushing Blake and Blake has really picked up his game this week in practice.”
Bell added the offensive needs to improve the running game in an effort to help whoever is in that quarterback position. The team has rushed for 119 total yards in two games.
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