Is Quinton Flowers A Real Heisman Contender?

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The hype is real surrounding the University of South Florida football program. But most of the hype is going towards senior quarterback Quinton Flowers.

The Miami native has received a lot of buzz with preseason national award watch lists and Heisman Trophy talk, but is he worthy of the buzz?

That’s pretty much a funny question, because yes he is worthy. Flowers and the 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson were the only two players in FBS football to throw for over 2,000 yards and run for more than 1,500 yards.

Add into the mix that Flowers is now the first Bull to be named to four preseason national award watch lists (Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell, Davey O’Brien, and Johnny Unitas).

Athlon Sports ranked all 130 college quarterbacks and Flowers ranked sixth on that list.

“Flowers is a dynamic dual-threat playmaker and will keep USF in the mix to be the top Group of 5 teams in 2017,” Athlon Sports wrote.

The sixth ranking put him ahead of Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and Florida State’s Deondre Francois, both of which are receiving Heisman talk as well.

The quarterback will be surrounded by an older, experienced team to finish out his senior year. Having flown under the radar up until now, Flowers has to remain focused on the task at hand.

“I challenge myself to improve on everything; you know everything is always something you can get better at,” Flowers said to Hali Oughton, Assistant Director of Digital Media & Reporter of The American. “Everyday I go out, and Coach Strong challenges me to score every time on defense, make every possession count.”

While his numbers were impressive last year and certainly Heisman talk worthy, this year Flowers’ stats could be even higher.

“I go out there and try to make everything count, and if it’s not there just use my legs like he (Strong) wants me to and that’s what I did last year, so I’ve got to continue doing it.”

With losing former running back Marlon Mack to the NFL, Flowers could see more opportunity to run the ball alongside D’Ernest Johnson.

“Knowing that this is your last season, you have to make everything count.”

Sure USF doesn’t have a schedule like Alabama’s or Ohio State’s, but there’s a good chance the Bulls could go undefeated, and Flowers could raise many eyebrows.

Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.