There aren’t many experienced quarterbacks in the Big East Conference. In fact, the only returning starters at what is considered the most important position on a football team are sophomores B.J. Daniels from USF and Rutgers Tom Savage.
So it shouldn’t be any surprise that Daniels was named to the Rivals.Com Pre-Season All Big East first team and Savage was picked for the second team.
The only other USF players to earn honors were senior center Sampson Genus (6-1, 315 pounds) and junior cornerback Quenton Washington (5-10, 190), who were both selected to the second team.
Daniels is more athletic than Savage, but will be operating behind an offensive line that is not without questions marks. The Bulls lost a key cog when senior guard Zach Hermann, who had 26 starts under his belt, decided to forego his last season because of a bulging disc in his neck.
The Bulls also lost two top receivers to injuries in A.J. Love (torn ACL) and Sterling Griffin (broken ankle), who figure to be out for at least the first half of the season. The injuries came on top of the losses of Mike Ford and Jamar Taylor, who many feel were the two most talented running backs on the team.
The Rutgers offensive line might be suspect, which could be a problem after last season when the Scarlet Knights allowed three sacks per game despite having NFL first round pick Anthony Davis at tackle.