Anybody tuned in to the Birmingham Bowl this Thursday afternoon knows they're watching a star in the making. Despite the strong caliber of the SEC defense of the South Carolina Gamecocks, South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers is taking them to school as the team leads 29-14 at the half. He's even drawing comparisons to another prolific quarterback - Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

Excellent performance today and all year

Flowers is having zero issue tearing apart the Gamecocks on behalf of South Florida Bulls everywhere. At halftime, he has completed 18 of 22 passes for one touchdown and 200 yards - fairly impressive stats.

But the quarterback is also dominating on the ground, rushing 13 times and reaching the end zone on three of those rushes; he accounts for all four Bulls touchdowns at the half.

Those who are surprised by Flowers' performance on Thursday haven't been paying attention. This season, he became the first quarterback in the state of Florida to rush for 1,000 yards in a season for an FBS program. He's also the first player in South Florida history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. The best part for Bulls fans? He's a junior.

Looking ahead

Flowers stands at 6 ft 0 in, which would be relatively small for a pro quarterback, which has led to the dismissal of speculation that he could enter the NFL Draft.

Instead, he's likely to return to school and drive the South Florida Bulls to be one of the best Group of Five teams during the 2017 season.

Despite failing to win the American Athletic East Division this year, no team in the conference had a better record than South Florida did. They lost their coach, but gained a new one in Charlie Strong, who has a strong history in Florida and a massive chip on his shoulder from his failures at Texas.

With another year of having Flowers, who could arguably surpass B.J. Daniels as the best quarterback in school history next season, the Bulls should have little problem breaking into the Top 25 and making some noise in the playoff race.

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