TAMPA — Entering the second week of training camp, the University of South Florida Bulls have not determined a starting quarterback between sophomore Mike White and junior Steven Bench. But Bulls coach Willie Taggart said the decision will likely occur “more sooner than later.’’
“We’d like to have one here soon,’’ Taggart said. “I feel comfortable we have two guys I think who can run our offense. They’re both making plays. It’s just a matter of them competing.
“We have this whole week (remaining) of training camp. That’s no time to decide (and name) your quarterback. This week is important for both of those guys and other guys as well.’’
White started last season’s final five games as a freshman. Bench, a transfer from Penn State, started twice and played in seven games. They are the closest of friends and agreed that the competition will not affect their off-field relationship.
“It’s a very stressful thing because both of us want to play and it’s very competitive, which it should be,’’ said White, who is more of a pocket passer. “But we know how to separate the two. There’s no drama. It’s fun and it’s the best possible situation it can be.’’
“We hang out a lot and we’re together a good bit of the time,’’ said Bench, who has more mobility. “He’s one of my closest friends here, but that doesn’t take away from the fact we’re in a quarterback competition. I love the competition. I’m all for it. My goal is to win (the job), just like his goal is to win. It’s not going to hurt our friendship.’’
INJURIES: Freshman LB Nick Holman of Madison, Ala., will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum and could “possibly’’ miss the entire season, Taggart said. “We heal differently around here,’’ Taggart said. “Some of our guys get back quicker than the doctors say. You never know with our guys.’’
Meanwhile, WR Rodney Adams of St. Petersburg Lakewood, a transfer from Toledo, returned to practice after missing a few days with a foot injury.