USF’s Flowers And Nichols Added To National Watch Lists

Photo: USF Athletics
USF quarterback Quinton Flowers and cornerback Deatrick Nichols have been named to national award lists recognizing the top overall player and top defensive player in college football.

Flowers became the second straight Bull to be named to the Maxwell Award Watch List. During his junior year he and Lamar Jackson, 2016 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award winner, were the only two college football players to throw for over 2,000 yards and run for more than 1,000.

Last year USF’s Marlon Mack was named to the Maxwell list. Mack went on to be drafted in the fourth round by the Indianapolis Colts.

Deatrick Nichols. Photo: USF Athletics

Nichols is a two-time all-conference selection at cornerback and was named to the Bednarik Award Watch list for the second straight season. The Miami native led the Bulls with four interceptions each in the last two season. He was one of the six American Athletic Conference players named to the watch list. Last year Alabama’s Jonathan Allen won the award.

This could be just the start of national award lists for the pair, especially Flowers. The Miami native will likely be named to several award watch lists after a record 2016 that will see seven returning starters. With 1,530 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, 4,342 total yards and logging 42 total touchdowns Flowers set a handful of USF season records last year. He ranked 10th in the nation in total offense per game (334.9 ypg).

Nichols posted 49 tackles and a team-high seven pass break-ups last year. He played a prominent role in late-game situations that ended potential game-winning drives.

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.