Flowers Honored with the Champions Award at University’s Student Success Awards

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Holder of 42 school records honored at annual Student Success Awards Luncheon

TAMPA, April 12, 2018 – Record-setting USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (Miami) was honored with the Champions Award on Thursday as the University of South Florida held the annual Student Success Awards at the Marshall Student Center on the USF campus.

The Student Success Awards honor individuals and teams that have made exceptional contributions to USF’s student success movement. The Champions Award honors individual faculty, staff, and students who have gone far and above the call of duty to inspire others to excellence in the Student Success movement.

“Quinton Flowers’ impact was felt well beyond his unbelievable performances on the football field and the success they helped bring our program,” Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “His perseverance and will to overcome many obstacles as well as his embracing of the community and the impact he had on the young people in it inspired many across our great University and beyond. Quinton established an indelible legacy that will be long remembered and cherished.”

Flowers, who was honored as USF’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year in March, set 42 school records and led the football team from a 2-10 record the year before his arrival to three straight bowl games and a 21-4 record in his final two years. His play on the field led the Bulls to back-to-back bowl victories and a program record 20 straight appearances in the national top 25 polls. Flowers became the American Athletic Conference’s all-time leader in total offense (11,802 yards) and total touchdowns (112) while tying the USF record for wins by a quarterback (30). Flowers became just the fourth player in FBS football history to pass for more than 8,000 yards and run for more than 3,500.

Off the field, the two-time Birmingham Bowl MVP’s story of perseverance in overcoming the tragic loss of both parents and a brother inspired people across the USF campus and the nation. He shared his story in numerous national and regional publications and radio shows and on ESPN’s College GameDay and CBS Sports. Flowers made a point of spending time with and encouraging kids, particularly those going through difficult times, and was always the last Bull to leave the field as he thanked fans and embraced Bulls Nation.

USF posted its second straight 10-win season in 2017 (10-2) by winning its second straight Birmingham Bowl with a 38-34 victory over Texas Tech. USF is one of just 14 teams nationally to win 20-plus games in the last two seasons (21-4) and has spent a program-record 20 straight weeks ranked in the top 25, reaching as high as No. 13 in Week 8 of the 2017 season. The Bulls have won five of their last six bowl appearances and made nine (6-3) total bowl appearances in 21 seasons, including a current run of three straight bowls. USF won a program-record 11 games in 2016 (11-2) and has posted 14 winning seasons. The USF program, which first took the field in 1997, reached No. 2 in the rankings in 2007 and has seen 28 players selected in the NFL Draft, 14 named All-American and had 32 first-team all-conference selections.

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