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WVU Unsure Who Will Play Quarterback for USF


West Virginia University will play for a share of the Big East title Thursday night in Tampa, Florida. A win coupled with a Cincinnati victory over Connecticut on Saturday will send the Mountaineers to their first BCS bowl game since upsetting Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl.

The WVU defense faces a tough task in trying to determine which USF quarterback it will see Thursday night. B.J. Daniels suffered a bruise in the AC joint of his throwing shoulder November 19 against Miami. The Tampa Tribune reports he was able to practice on Sunday and Monday, but that his throws lacked velocity.

USF is considering Daniels to be a game-time decision.

"We are going into the game preparing for B.J. Daniels because they do a lot of the same things passing-wise," Defensive Back Keith Tandy said. "He is obviously a better runner than the other kid so we are going to prepare for him."

"It's the same preparation that we prepared for him against last year," Defensive Lineman Julian Miller said. "Not too different from previous years preparation in trying to keep him contained and make the right blitzes inside to help contain him."

With a sore shoulder, Daniels may be more inclined to rely on his legs for big plays. The Mountaineers have not played many quarterbacks like Daniels this season.

"We know he is an athletic quarterback," Miller said. "We know he has tremendous scrambling ability and we know he can get outside of the pocket. It is almost like playing against an extra running back. It's definitely a little switch from what we have seen all year long. We haven't seen too many athletic quarterbacks with his type of speed and athleticism."

WVU has just one player imitating USF's quarterbacks on the scout team and they are more concerned about imitating B.J Daniels than his backup.

"We just have one guy playing B.J. because we know he can run the ball and they both throw the ball pretty well so we got to prepare for the pass regardless," Tandy said.

Former WVU quarterback Pat White had an advantage on opponents because they typically underestimated his speed once he went full throttle running the ball. B.J. Daniels enjoys a similar type of advantage. Older players on the WVU defense intend to try and explain that to their younger teammates.

"It's one of those things that you can tell them as much as you want," Miller said. "But until they get out there and experience that type of speed and athleticism that he has, it is a little bit difficult. Us older guys know what to prepare for and what is going to come so it is just pounding it in their head and letting them know what he is capable of."

"You got to make sure you stay in coverage when you play against a guy like him," Tandy said. "You will see him wrapped up in the backfield, then he'll throw the defender off and throw the ball downfield and complete it."

Should Daniels remain sidelined for this game, USF would rely on Bobby Eveld. Eveld played in place of Daniels last week against Louisville. He completed 20 of 35 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown. Eveld also threw one interception in the 34-24 loss to the Cardinals.

"(Eveld) is a little better passer," Tandy said. "But not much, so we have to prepare for what (B.J.) can do running the ball."

"He is more of a pass first guy," Miller said. "He is not much of a scrambler, but he can make plays as well. He throws the ball very, very, very powerfully. Our safeties and corners are looking at that and trying to key on that as well."

Daniels will continue to practice and do what he can to play Thursday night. Even he is unsure whether or not he will be able to suit up and go against WVU.

"It's in God's hands right now," Daniels told the Tampa Tribune. "I'm really trying to do everything I can physically to put myself out there to get treatment and therapy and things like that, but right now I'm not sure."

WVU and USF will meet at 7 o'clock Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

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