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USF’s 2012 Success Will “Fall On B.J. Daniels’ Shoulders”

From The Commish, written by Jason Clary
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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Skip Holtz stands with MVP B.J. Daniels #7 of the USF Bulls after a 31-26 victory over the Clemson Tigers at Bank of America Stadium on December 31, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Skip Holtz stands with MVP B.J. Daniels #7 of the USF Bulls after a 31-26 victory over the Clemson Tigers at Bank of America Stadium on December 31, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

What kind of impact will quarterback B.J. Daniels have in his final season with the USF Bulls? On Monday’s edition of The Commish, Justin Pawlowski had his mind already made up. “I do think that he (Daniels) can carry the team to a Big East Championship,” Justin said. “I think he’s a very good leader. He was such a mobile quarterback that he needed time to transition into the kind of quarterback that they were hoping he would be.”

Even with last year’s struggles, the Bulls have extended the contract of Head Coach Skip Holtz. The team also has many seniors returning on both sides of the ball.

“The team didn’t have a great record last year and didn’t go to a bowl game last year,” Justin said. “I think the USF football team will end up going as far as BJ Daniels takes them this year. I know that Daniels is still a kid, but I think it’s also fair to put that kind of pressure on him.”

Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune joined Justin and when he started talking about what Daniels could do this upcoming season, he couldn’t stop raving about the quarterback.

“I am one of those that believes in B.J. Daniels and what he can do,” Johnston said. “If he can stay healthy or be consistent, I think he can be a great quarterback.”

Johnston continued talking about the lasting legacy that Daniels could leave behind at USF, saying “He’s going into his fourth year as a starter. By the time all is said and done, if he stays healthy, his numbers are going to be incredible. He’s going to set all the USF records and he’s going to be one of the most productive quarterback the state has ever seen.”

The Big East media days are coming up in a few weeks and Johnston was selected as one of the media members that gets to vote on preseason predictions.

“I voted USF to win the Big East over Louisville,” Johnston said. “I really believe they have a great shot at it.”

“This is a good time to be an alumni, fan or student of USF and their athletics program,” Justin said.

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