|FOOTBALL Regular Season|
|Aug 31||vs McNeese State||
|Sept 7||AT Michigan State||12:00pm|
|Sept 14||vs FAU||
|Sept 28||vs Miami||12:00pm|
|Oct 5||vs Cincinnati||
|Oct 12||AT UCONN||TBA|
|Oct 26||vs Louisville||
|Oct 31||AT Houston||TBA|
|Nov 16||vs Memphis||
|Nov 23||vs SMU||TBA|
|Nov 29||AT UCF||
|Dec 7||AT RUTGERS||TBA|
AAC Special Teams Player of the Week for Second Time - Junior kicker leads nation with nine kicks of 40 or more yards
TAMPA, FL (via University of South Florida Communications) - USF junior kicker Marvin Kloss (Naples, FL) has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee. The announcement was made by The Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Kloss also earned his earned weekly honors from the American Athletic Conference for the third time this season as he was named the AAC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time. Kloss earned the honor after going 3-of-3 on field goals at Houston, including kicks of 50, 49 and 39 yards. In the game Kloss extended his USF record consecutive field goal streak to 13 games.
In his first season of duty as the Bull’s placekicker, Kloss has been outstanding leading the nation having converted on nine attempts from 40 yards or more and going 4-for-4 on kicks from 50 yards or more. His four field goals of 50 yards or more on the season are the most ever for a career for a USF kicker, and his long of 52 yards in a win over Cincinnati stands as the longest in the American Athletic Conference this season.
Kloss leads the Bulls with 51 points on the season and is tied atop the AAC hitting 92.9 percent (13-14) of his field goals on the year and all 12 of his PAT attempts. Kloss scored all 14 of the Bulls offensive points, hitting 4-of-4 on field goals, in their AAC opening win over Cincinnati to earn AAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He also hit field goals of 47 and 44 yards in a win at UConn, the last the game winner with 4:03 to play, as he scored all 21 of the Bulls offensive points in their 2-0 AAC start.
Kloss has made seven field goals of 47 yards or more during his string of 13 straight. The seven field goals of that distance are also a career record for a USF kicker.
Groza Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 25th and honored at the 22nd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 10th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 12th.
The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
Since the first Lou Groza Award was handed out in 1992, 16 finalists, including 10 winners, have gone on to appear in the NFL, earning eight trips to the Pro Bowl and taking home five Super Bowls. That list includes current NFL kickers Dan Bailey, Randy Bullock, Mason Crosby, Kai Forbath, Graham Gano, Garrett Hartley, Dustin Hopkins, Sebastian Janikowski, Mike Nugent, Caleb Sturgis, and Blair Walsh.
By: Brian Alward (@balward)
Mike White’s first career start looked impressive, but penalties by the Bulls help Houston defeat USF 35-23.
White went 26-for-41 with 311 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT in his debut. The one interception
came near the end of the game.
It was the 19 penalties for 169 yards that really hurt the Bulls. Every time the USF offense would seem to get things going, a flag would fly.
The scoring came from touchdowns by TE Mike McFarland (2) and field goals from Marvin Kloss (3).
Houston also had a freshman QB starting Thursday. John O'Korn went 22-for-27 for 263 yards and 3 TDs.
O'Korn was able to get TD passes to Deontay Greenberry, Kenneth Farrow and Xavier Maxwell.
The Cougars got rushing TDs from Ryan Jackson and Kenneth Farrow.
A questionable penalty came against the Bulls in the 4th quarter when Andre Davis was called for offensive pass interference while making a TD grab. This was a costly penalty that looked like a bad call. It took any momentum and wind out of the sails of the USF offense.
The Bulls drop to 2-2 in the AAC and 2-6 overall.
USF will face Memphis on Saturday, November 16 at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
Bulls football head coach Willie Taggart talked to the Sports Page Tuesday about his plans to go with true freshman Mike White at quarterback, and the possibility of having certain players play both offense and defense starting Thursday night against Houston.
Taggart had been hesitant to lift the redshirt off White, from Fort Lauderdale. But an offense that has gone without a touchdown for three straight games has forced the move.
"Hopefully he can make some winning plays for us," Taggart said. "Mike is a very talented player, (has) a little swagger ."
Taggart also confirmed his plan to use players both ways if that's what it takes to get the offense going.
Here is the full conversation. Taggart joins Rick and Tom each Tuesday morning at 7:40.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns and No. 18 Louisville rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 34-3 rout of South Florida on Saturday.
Charles Gaines returned a fourth-quarter interception 70 yards for a TD as the Cardinals' defense reverted to the form that helped Louisville (7-1, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) climb into the top 10 before blowing a 21-point, second-half lead at home during a 38-35 loss to Central Florida.
Bridgewater completed 25 of 29 passes with no interceptions, hiking his totals for the season to 23 TDs with two picks. In three career games against USF (2-5, 2-1), the junior from Miami has gone 65 of 82 for 841 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions.
BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
USF Football coach Willie Taggart joined WDAE’s “The Sports Page” program on Tuesday morning following back to back wins in conference play. Coach Taggart and the Bulls are currently sitting a top of the AAC conference standings with Louisville and Houston, and Taggart says his players have a little extra pep in the steps lately.
“I think all our guys have a smile on their face. They just feel better” said Taggart. “They feel better, smell better, everything’s a little better around here.”
The Bulls have an extra week of preparation ahead of them as they look towards hosting #8 Louisville on October 26th. Coach Taggart says the emphasis will be on improving an offense that has yet to score a touchdown in their last two games.
“We got to get better offensively and I think once our offense comes around we’ll have a better football team” said Taggart. The Bulls are the first football subdivision team since 2002 (Notre Dame) to win consecutive games without scoring an offensive touchdown.
Taggart however loves the effort his team has shown since beginning the season losing their first four games. “Our guys are finding ways to win ballgames and that’s great to see guys just fighting the entire time. Even though our offense didn’t play well or score a touchdown, they made plays when we needed them to to put ourselves in position to win.”