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November 3, 2012

Daniels breaks ankle in win, career likely over

USF's emotional win Saturday night was met with some devastating news.

Senior quarterback B.J. Daniels, a four-year starter, has likely played his final snap as a Bull after suffering a broken left ankle at the end of a 15-yard run early in the fourth quarter of a 13-6 win against Connecticut. Redshirt freshman Matt Floyd replaced Daniels, who was carted off the field.

"Half of you is jumping up and down really excited about the smiles in the locker room and the feeling those players get to have as hard as they've worked, but that comes with the other part of your heart is broken for a young man that has competed his tail off and given everything he's had to this university for the last four years," Bulls coach Skip Holt said.

Daniels finished 19-for-29 for 199 yards and ran for a score in the first quarter of Saturday's game.

For his career, Daniels was second in Big East history, behind only former West Virginia quarterback Pat White, in total yards for a career with 10,279.

"It's just painful," Holtz said. "It's hard. I love the young man, (and) the way he competes. He's a great person and I'm just really appreciative of everything he's given to this university."

Ironically, Daniels first career start came after former quarterback Matt Grothe suffered an ACL injury against Charleston Southern in 2009.


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