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Another kicker: Kloss will walk on with Bulls

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February

On Thursday afternoon, USF coach Skip Holtz lamented about his lack of depth at quarterback this spring during an interview with WDAE's Steve Duemig.

"When you go to the quarterback meeting room, there's one guy," Holtz joked, talking about starter B.J. Daniels, who himself is recovering from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. "It's like 'I must have the wrong room.' Of course, there's 27 kickers."

Holtz is exaggerating a bit -- USF has six kickers and punters on roster this spring, with a seventh coming in this fall on scholarship in Ocala's Chris Veron. Well Holtz has added another leg to his roster, and Marvin Kloss, a kicker from Naples Barron Collier High, said Thursday he's accepted an offer to join the Bulls as a preferred walk-on.

"I committed to USF today. I let Coach (Peter) Vaas and Coach Holtz know," said Kloss, who hopes to compete for the Bulls' kickoff duties this fall as a true freshman.

Just three days earlier, Kloss had said he was walking on at Florida as long as he was accepted into school there, and he said that on Wednesday, Gators assistant Steve Addazio told him it wold be "hard to get me in" to school this fall. Kloss' academics are strong enough that he'll be on a Bright Futures scholarship at USF, which will pay for 75 percent of his tuition.

"It wasn't that hard a decision," Kloss said. "I thought about it, sat down with my coach and my parents, and overall, I just had a better feel about USF."

Kloss said he isn't guaranteed a scholarship from USF -- he previously had said he was offered a "grayshirt" to join the Bulls on scholarship in January -- but said that "Coach Holtz promised as long as I'm handling some duties on the field, I'll be on scholarship" next year.

USF will have all kinds of options in the kicking game -- senior walk-on Eric Schwartz and sophomore Maikon Bonani, who missed the 2009 season recovering from a back injury, will compete for place-kicking duties. Sophomore Justin Brockhaus-Kann and Veron are the front-runners for the punting job, and there are three other walk-on kickers -- Austin Atkins, Austin Pullaro and Renato Proia -- back from last fall.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:10pm]

    

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