TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel remembers the day well, too well.
Manuel watched helplessly from the sidelines three years ago as Christian Ponder's understudy while an untested freshman from Tallahassee, B.J. Daniels, led South Florida to a 17-7 upset of the Seminoles in his first collegiate start.
"It was a bad feeling," Manuel said. "We haven't forgotten it at all."
Saturday the two fifth-year seniors square off when Florida State (4-0) hits the road for the first time this season to play South Florida (2-2) in Tampa. The fourth-ranked Seminoles are a 17-point favorite.
Manuel, who was frustrated with being redshirted a year earlier, marveled at how Daniels shined in what was his first collegiate start.
"B.J., being from Tallahassee, was kind of his coming out party," Manuel said. "He had a huge game."
And Daniels has had many more since. He has amassed 9,333 total yards, sixth best in Big East Conference history.
Manuel put himself into the Heisma...