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Leavitt Still Mum On Starting USF QB - Ledger


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Published Thursday, August 24, 2006

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Leavitt Still Mum On Starting USF QB

Third name, Gregory, added to mix with Julmiste and Grothe.

By Patrick Zier

Ledger Correspondent

TAMPA -- All things being equal, Pat Julmiste will start at quarterback next Saturday when South Florida opens its season here against McNeese State.

So are all things equal?

Don't look to Bulls' Head Coach Jim Leavitt for answers. If Leavitt knows who his quarterback is, he isn't saying.

In fact, Leavitt added a third quarterback in the mix after Wednesday's morning practice, throwing Grant Gregory's name into the pot along with Julmiste, the returning regular, and Lake Gibson's Matt Grothe, a redshirt freshman.

Grothe, who started coming on this spring when projected starter Carlton Hill crashed and burned, is generally regarded as Julmiste's only real competition. Hill has since transferred to a junior college.

Despite the fact he has started two straight years, Julmiste's inconsistent play has prevented him from establishing himself at the position.

"Pat (Julmiste) will be the starter unless someone else is clearly better," Leavitt said.

"And right now, all three (Julmiste, Grothe and Gregory) are playing well. They've all been doing some good things."

Leavitt said he didn't know when he would name a starter.

A year ago, Leavitt named Courtney Denson, now a defensive back, to start South Florida's season opener at Penn State, only to replace him in the second game with Julmiste.

Asked if something similar could happen again this year, Leavitt refused to speculate.

[highlight]"That's a negative question," he said. "I don't think about negative things."[/highlight]

Regardless of who starts, Julmiste or Grothe, both are virtually certain to see significant playing time against McNeese State, particularly if Leavitt still isn't sure which one is better.

After last Friday's scrimmage, Leavitt gave some indication that Grothe had moved to the front. Wednesday though, he backed off of the notion.

"They've all been playing well and they've all showed good leadership on the field," Leavitt said.

And Leavitt also said he feels better about the quarterback position now than he did at this time a year ago.

[highlight]"We're stronger there," he said. "We're improved."[/highlight]

Meanwhile Bartow senior Walt Smith, another player who attracted attention this spring, remains in the mix to back up starter Moise Plancher at running back.

Sophomore Ricky Ponton was projected No. 2 at the position, but Smith and others have challenged him, and Ponton is nursing a sore hamstring.

"(Smith) has played well, and he's one of the guys we're looking at back there," Leavitt said.

Can't wait for those first 2 games !

Go BULLS !!!

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Why even debate it? PJ will start.  

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Why even debate it? PJ will start.  

exactly

why does leavitt play head games?

does leavitt really think anyone other than us cares who is qbing usf?

leavitt takes himself so seriously

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Regardless of who starts, Julmiste or Grothe, both are virtually certain to see significant playing time against McNeese State, particularly if Leavitt still isn't sure which one is better.

TRANSLATION:"BOTH ARE EQUALLY INEFFECTIVE"

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Regardless of who starts, Julmiste or Grothe, both are virtually certain to see significant playing time against McNeese State, particularly if Leavitt still isn't sure which one is better.

TRANSLATION:"BOTH ARE EQUALLY INEFFECTIVE"

:'( but true!

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Can we not use the same ***** " Grothe has not seen a down of football".

You guys are unbelievable!!!

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Don't take it personal, Flip... if Matt goes out and throws 8 tds, they'll complain that his helmet wasn't the right shade of gold.   ;)

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We can all knock ourselves out arguing about this.  The reality is the way this schedule plays out, despite who starts the first gasme, we won't know who our REAL #1 QB is until at least the UCF game.  Maybe even KU.  the first two games for all intents and purposes for the QB position will probably be like exhibition games in that the QB who stands out under ralm game conditions will be the man.

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And a black iconic U!

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If a 5th year senior isnt the dead favorite, then obviously he isnt very good and there is a definite problem with the coaches making a realistic decision on who should be playing.  We shouldnt even be having this discussion with a 5th year qb, but obviously the guy has stunk it up over the past 3 years and isnt a viable go to guy, which is why everyone would rather have an unproven freshman take over then to watch a proven inconsistant and inaccurate passer get the start.

The guy is a good athlete, and should be playing at another position and he probably would be if we had a better qb earlier in his career at usf.

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