MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels missed Saturday's loss to Louisville with a bruised right throwing shoulder and is questionable for Thursday night's home game against No. 22 West Virginia.
The 8 p.m. game at Raymond James Stadium will be televised on ESPN.
"He went out (Sunday) night and was able to throw a little bit, but we just don't know if he's going to be able to have velocity on the ball or be able to protect himself," Coach Skip Holtz said. "Those are the things we're looking at right now. He's able to go out and run around right now. His legs are fine.
"We have to see how he rehabs and how he heals throughout the week. It's not something where we have a definitive timeline for the length of the injury."
If Daniels can't start, sophomore Bobby Eveld would make his third career start for the Bulls (5-6, 1-5 Big East). Eveld is 0-2 as a starter, but last week helped USF to a 17-10 lead at the half and a 24-20 advantage going into the fourth quarter of a 34-24 loss to Louisville.
Eveld was 20-for-25 for 210 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
"He did a nice job," Holtz said. "We didn't ask a lot, but he was able to lead the offense down the field to score 24 points, which is not a lot, but is a whole lot more than the week before (a 6-3 loss) against Miami."
WVU (8-3, 4-2) is preparing to see both quarterbacks and says Eveld and Daniels won't be too different. Daniels is a threat with his legs, but the Mountaineers don't expect Daniels to run much if he plays because tackles might further damage his shoulder. One quarterback is not the same as the other.
Daniels, a junior who has had success against WVU, was No. 12 nationally in total offense (315.33 yards per game) before he was hurt two weeks ago in a loss to Miami.
Daniels is completing 60 percent of his passes for 2,359 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions and also is the team's second-leading rusher. He has 578 yards and five touchdowns and would be the leading rusher if not for sacks.
"It's completely different when you have a junior quarterback with B.J.'s ability and the things he can do athletically," Holtz said. "The way he's developed this year - and I'm talking about athletically and with the accuracy of his arm - made us a productive football team throughout the year.
"We have to do a little more back there to protect Bobby. When you have a young quarterback along with young wide receivers, you lack the consistency you're looking for to be an explosive type of offense. It makes a huge difference in the offense."
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