On his media day, Guardians head coach Terrell Buckley teased that a new quarterback is to be added. He said it was someone we would all be familiar with. He did not disappoint. The Orlando Guardians have added former USF Bull, and Tampa Bay Viper, Quinton Flowers, to the roster.
For those unfamiliar with Quinton Flowers, he was a legend at the University of South Florida. In his three years as a starter, he accumulated 8,124 yards passing and 71 touchdowns. He was just as effective on the ground, rushing for 3,672 yards and 41 touchdowns. This performance was enough to set several school records and earned him an induction into the USF athletics Hall of Fame. Flowers is also the fourth player in FBS history to have over 8,000 yards passing and 3,000 yards rushing.
Flowers was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he spent time on the practice squad as a running back. He later spent time with the Indianapolis Colts. Next, Quinton signed with the Tampa Bay Vipers. He went 8 out of 15 for 106 yards and a touchdown in his limited time. He also contributed 78 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown on the ground.
Flowers’ role within the offense has yet to be determined, change of pace or full-time starter, but I am very excited about the potential he will bring. Flowers’ ability as a dual-threat quarterback can add an extra dimension to a struggling offense.