Class of 2022 Hall of Fame: Quinton Flowers, Football

With former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers inducted into the USF Athletics Hall of Fame Thursday night, we present this story originally published in “The Silver Scramble: The 25th Anniversary of South Florida Football.”

Graphic Quinton Flowers Hall of FameA sensational quarterback who will dazzle with a generational spotlight ball, Flowers was named the 2016 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and led the Bulls to three ball games, scored a 20-week consecutive week ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, and scored a 30-game tie-breaker as a captain A rookie player with the highest win percentage posted for any quarterback in the program’s history at 0.769 (30-9). Named twice as Birmingham Bowl MVP, the Flowers led the USF to victories over South Carolina (2016) and Texas Tech (2017) in the bowl to crown the two most lucrative seasons in program history as the Bulls finished 11-2 and number 19 in the nation in 2016, 10-2 and ranked No. 21 in 2017, the first time USF had finished a season in the AP Top 25. He was only the fourth player in FBS history to score 8,000 passes and 3,500 yards in his career, the sixth to score 70 or more passes and 40 or more fast touchdowns and ended his career He ranks ninth all-time in FBS history and first in Florida in rush yards (3,672). He finished his career as the record holder for the American Athletic Conference on Professional College Crime (11802) and held 42 USF records.

In the football meeting roomsThe movie does not lie. It detects weaknesses that have been missed during the competition in real time. It highlights a great effort. It confirms the obvious.

But during Quinton Flowers’ glorious USF era, movie review was like watching a video game. Or maybe a cartoon on the road runner.

His teammates have already experienced his amazing observation and amazing landing. Another look only enhanced the sensation.

South Florida Bulls vs. UCF Knights on Friday, November 24, 2017 at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Florida.Most of the time, the whole room was unmarked, said Thor Josuyak, keeper of the bulls. You had to watch the Q plays a few times to really appreciate how amazing and wonderful they really were. You can only use words like ‘amazing’ and ‘incredible’ a lot. With Quinton Flowers, You need a thesaurus.

“When you watch it every day, you almost take it for granted. When you watch the tape, you can savor it. It was fun. You could spend the whole day watching Q’s highlights,” said Bulls recipient Marquis Valdes-Scantling.

After little time playing as a freshman, Flowers became a full-time USF starter from 2015-2017. It represented 11,802 career yards and 112 touchdowns. He finished his all-time USF lead (3,672 yards and 41 touchdowns), which also ranked him 9th for dashing in the yards among all-time quarterbacks in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision.

He also led college football in once-in-a-lifetime plays.

Fans marveled at the raw sportsmanship, improvisation, start-and-stop instincts, and dribbling.

USFFb vs SMU on 10-24-2015 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa,Colleagues and coaches saw something else.

Mental toughness.

“The way our team carried everything they’ve been through in their life, I still can’t believe it,” Valdes-Scantling said.

Tragedy shaped the lives of Little Flowers, which grew up in Miami’s Lapata section, which borders Liberty City and Overtown.

When Flowers was seven, his father was shot in the neck and killed by a stray bullet, while grilling hamburgers and watching the Miami Dolphins game in the family’s front yard. Just before the flower year at Miami Jackson High School, his mother died of cancer.

In 2014, three days before Flowers’ first mission to the USF began, his half-brother was killed in a speeding car shooting after he told the motorist to slow down because children were playing nearby.

For a long time, Flowers said, “I always thought that whenever something good happened to me, something bad would automatically follow. I remember being in my room crying because of it.”

“I know you’re not supposed to ask God about things, but I will say, ‘Why is this happening to me?'” When are the people I love taken away from me? The meaning in all of this? “

Football has become a compendium.

Older brother Nathaniel once said: “Football is easy for him. He is not afraid of anything or anyone. When he is on the field, he is free.”

South Florida Bulls quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) during their opening home game against the Stony Brook Sea Wolves on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.“What Quinton went through would have wiped out most adults. You can’t imagine the kind of determination and strength he showed to keep moving forward,” said former NFL coach Willie Taggart.

At times, Taggart was tough with Flowers, tearing him apart for a coaching foul, trying to get a reaction. Emotions have not changed.

“That was one of his gifts,” Taggart said. “He didn’t flinch or be confused or anything, so the team didn’t either. They responded what it was.”

After his half-brother was murdered, Flowers attended the funeral in Miami, then joined the USF team at SMU, where he began his undergraduate studies. Josuyak usually smashed the team in pre-match training, sparking emotional excitement for everyone.

This time, Flowers wanted it differently.

“Thor, let me have this,” said Flowers.

Joswiak nodded.

Joswiak said, “I knew then Q was going to be our man. What a captain. And he always gave the offensive line a shine. With all the trophies he got, he could have a big header. Whenever he was interviewed, he always praised his guards and said he succeeded because he was Surrounded by great players.I love the offensive linemen Q.

Although banning flowers can be an adventure.

“Technically speaking, our job was to grab our cubes, keep them in the pocket, and give him time to throw,” Joswiak said. “If he had to scramble, then technically something went wrong and I looked for why he had to leave the pocket. But that’s when all his great plays happened.” He made something out of nothing. We just dealt with it and knew Q would somehow find a way.”

Offensive navigators often had the worst sight.

Bulls player Cameron Rove said, “You had to let go of the defender’s reaction that you were blocking. You’d watch their eyes. He’s looking right, then looking left, then looking right again. You’d have been on him for as long as you could, but you’d wonder, “What is going on behind me?” Then you will see the ball pass and everyone’s heads will turn.

It was a touchdown and the offensive line guys were going to look at each other like, ‘Okay, it must have worked,’ Josuyak said. Then we go down and celebrate with Q and the other guys. It was an absolute show every week. ”

The movie does not lie. Nor the numbers. The flowers were 30-9 for a start. He helped the Bulls in back-to-back seasons with double-digit wins, including bowl victories against South Carolina and Texas Tech.

“Que has done magical things,” said Bulls, running back Marlon Mack.

The biggest charm was the example he set.

Joswiak said, “You would never have guessed all the turmoil in Q’s life because once he was in the facility, he was locked up. I can’t count how much mental fortitude he showed. He was just a real captain and a soccer player. He knows how to do it. He knew His role. It was only the best.”

The best ever.

– Go Balls –

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