Football practice report (Nov. 5)
TAMPA – After missing nearly a month due to a hamstring injury, USF RB Marcus Shaw didn't think he would get much playing time in his return Thursday against Houston.
Shaw, who had not played since the Bulls' 26-20 win against Cincinnati on Oct. 5, rushed for 34 yards on 18 carries in the 35-23 loss to the Cougars.
"I was sitting in the locker room before the game and (offensive coordinator Walt) Wells came up to me and was like 'You're starting,'" Shaw said Tuesday. "I was like, 'What?' I just took it and I ran with it and tried to do the best I could."
Bulls coach Willie Taggart said while the senior showed some signs of his old self, he needs to make use of the bye week to get focused before USF hosts Memphis on Nov. 16.
"I thought Marcus was a little rusty out there," Taggart said. "I thought he missed a couple holes that early in the year he saw a lot better than he did the other night. I think a big part of it for him was he was just trying to rush everything."
KLOSS HUMBLED: Redshirt junior Marvin Kloss said it's an honor being named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the top kicker in Division I.
Kloss has converted a program-record 13 consecutive field goal attempts and leads the nation with nine of 40 yards or longer.
"It's definitely a privilege to be in a pool with those guys and some I know personally," Kloss said. "I owe a lot of it to the big guys blocking up in front of me … and (Mattias) Ciabatti's done a good job of holding for me so far. It's not all me."
MEDICAL MATTERS: Senior QB Bobby Eveld (high ankle sprain) took snaps in practice without a walking boot.