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USF’s Quentin Flowers wins weekly Sunshine State Award

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Maybe the reason USF coach Willie Taggart was still throwing at the end was that he wanted to inflate quarterback’s Quentin Flowers‘ numbers for the Sunshine Player of the Week.

Taggart didn’t get his last-second touchdown, but Flowers still had enough numbers for the weekly award. He threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 115 in USF’s 38-22 victory over East Carolina.

Other players considered for the award include USF’s Marlon Mack, who had 150 yards rushing; FSU’s DaMarcus Walker, who blocked a late extra point to preserve a win; FSU’s Davin Cook, who ran for 150 yards; FIU running back Alex Gardner, who had 141 yards rushing; FIU running back Anthony Jones, who had 128 yards rushing; and FIU receiver Thomas Owens, who caught seven passes for 125 yards.

The Sunshine State award is given weekly by the SaintPetersBlog to outstanding college players in the state.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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