Could USF fans see a Kloss clone Saturday night?
For all the bodies USF has brandished at wide receiver and in the secondary, fans might soon discover the Bulls are similarly deep at kicker.
Graduate transfer Brandon Behr, likely to replace injured junior Emilio Nadelman in Saturday's game at Memphis, may elicit a memory or two of former Groza Award finalist Marvin "Money" Kloss.
"He's a good athlete," said Jeff Webb, Behr's coach at Fleming Island High. "He can run. He's not afraid to hit you."
Nadelman (quad) didn't appear at USF's walk-through Thursday morning, and Coach Willie Taggart said his status is somewhere between probable and doubtful for Memphis. That leaves Behr, a Kloss clone of sorts who remains JU's career leader in made field goals (27).
Like Kloss, Behr also played safety in high school. At 5-foot-11, 187 pounds, he bears a similar frame to Kloss (6-0, 209).
"He was a tough kid," Webb said. "I told him at one point that he didn't have to play anything but kicker when I realized how good he was."
His prep highlight came his junior season against First Coast. Fleming Island trailed by two late in the fourth quarter when it blocked a punt, setting up a 52-yard Behr field goal to win it. As a senior, he hit nine of 11 field goals.
"Brandon's not afraid of pressure," Webb said. "He's kicked in some big games at JU."
INJURY UPDATE: In addition to Nadelman, backup WLB Nico Sawtelle is doubtful with a sprained ankle, Taggart said. DB Devin Abraham (thumb) remains good to go, but Taggart said he's not sure if Abraham will return to strong safety -- where Nate Godwin has played well lately -- or move to striker.
"It just depends on what we're trying to do and where he's the best fit for us," Taggart said. "It depends on what we're going against as well. But the beauty for Devin, he can play all of of 'em. He's smart enough and he's good enough to play 'em all."
AUDIBLE: "I thought this week was probably our best week of practice offensively. I thought our guys were really locked in to the game plan, and the execution was sharp and it was good to see. I thought Quinton (Flowers) threw the ball really well this week in practice." -- Taggart