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April 14, 2013

Bobby Eveld looks to battle for starting job

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TAMPA -- For rising senior Bobby Eveld, the 2013 spring game was a chance to get back on the field.

Eveld left the Miami game November 17, 2012 with a torn AC joint in his left shoulder. To add insult to injury - when Eveld started the game, he effectively burned his red shirt season.

So getting back on the field after playing only two series all of last year, Eveld had lots to prove to hold off sophomore Matt Floyd for the 2013 starting job.

"I felt I did alright, I mean I threw the ball pretty strong. I turned the ball over, and that's never acceptable," Eveld said after going 14-24 for 143 yards and an interception. "I missed a couple of throws that I should have made. That's frustrating not just in football, but in all sports. it's not always going to be like that so I'm going to get those corrected for next time."

Eveld's interception came in the third quarter and was simply a very bad throw. One that drew the counseling of head coach Willie Taggart

"He told me that if I'm going to throw that ball, especially over the middle with no safeties, I've got to throw it where only our guy can catch it and not, obviously, the defense," Eveld said of Taggart's counsel. "He always talks about protecting the ball and obviously that's very important. I need to do a better job on that - especially on that play."

The play was a deep pass over the middle, and Reshard Cliett simply waited on the pass to come down for an easy interception.

Working with Taggart, a former college quarterback, has also been helpful for the elder Eveld.

"He's been very helpful. He talks about Andrew Luck a lot and that was one of the better quarterbacks in college football," Eveld said. "He has his standards that are pretty high, which is good because when you set the bar high - even if you don't meet your expectations you still performed at a higher level. He's helped a lot - he's a very good coach and he's very football smart."

Eveld said the clear advantage in the spring was with the defense, which progressed a bit faster than the offense.

"They had a little step on us in the beginning because the defense is pretty simple and our offense is a little more complex than most offenses," Eveld said. "They did a very good job today and throughout spring, along with the offense."

Eveld led the Green team to its only touchdown drive, engineering a quick seven-play, 75 yard drive in 1:22, plunging in from two yards out with no time on the clock.

Eveld threw three crisp passes on that drive, two to Derrick Hopkins (31 yards and six yards) and one to Jordan Duval (22 yards) - which accounted for 69 of his 141 yards passing.

"I think overall our team made a lot of progress today. I am very happy with where we are but at the same time we've got a long way to go."

As for the battle for starting quarterback - it's just that - it's not a rivalry with Floyd.

"I wouldn't call it a rivalry at all. It's definitely a friendship. We're going to push each other to compete for the starting job, but it's definitely not a rivalry," Eveld said. "I've got to come in day in and day out and just work as hard as you possibly can. Do the right thing on and off the field and just try and get better every single day. Just get better and better."



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