USF's Leavitt on Alvarado: 'Who do I go to?'
Folks, it's too late to write too much more, but want to get this in so you guys see what Jim Leavitt had to say about the kicking position after two missed field goals Saturday night. Lots more in the morning ...
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Two missed field goals in the first half Saturday brought back a familiar question for USF football: Can senior Delbert Alvarado handle being the Bulls’ punter and kicker and do both well?
Alvarado missed kicks of 40 and 49 yards, both wide left, so the Bulls had just a 14-6 halftime lead at Western Kentucky. Alvarado made a 30-yarder in USF’s opener, but is now 26-for-45 for his USF career, just a 58 percent success rate.
Asked if he might look at another kicker, USF coach Jim Leavitt was frustrated by his lack of options.
"Who? Who do I go to?" Leavitt said. "I could go to (walk-on Eric) Schwartz, who has never kicked a ball in college. I don't know. That's a good question. Am I disappointed? Yes. Is he a good punter? Yes. Did he do some things on kickoffs that were pretty good? Yes. He can't miss field goals. I'm sure he's disappointed also."
Alvarado would have just been USF’s punter this fall, but starting kicker Maikon Bonani fractured a vertebra in his back this summer when he fell 35 feet to the ground while working at Busch Gardens.
"What's our solution? Get Delbert back in there and crank it out and get him kicking again."
Here's a link to the rest of our notebook from Sunday's Times.