Kloss a Groza Award semifinalist
TAMPA -- The career season of Bulls PK Marvin Kloss was garnished with national recognition
Monday when the junior from Naples was named among 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza
The award, established in 1992, annually recognizes the nation's top kicker in Division I.
Semifinalists were chosen from a voting panel including coaches, media members, pro kickers
and previous winners, among others. The panel will choose three finalists later this month.
Kloss, who has converted a school-record 13 consecutive field goals, leads the nation with nine of 40 yards or longer. He is one of only three semifinalists to even try four field goals of 50 or longer, and the only one perfect from that range.
The Lou Groza winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show -- typically broadcast on ESPN -- in early December.
MORE KLOSS KUDOS: For Kloss, it was one Monday morning far more dreamy than dreadful. The
American Athletic Conference also named him its Special Teams Player of the Week in the
wake of his three-field goal effort (50, 49, 39 yards) Thursday at Houston.
Kloss has earned the honor twice in less than a month. Freshman QB Mike White made the
American's five-player honor roll following a sparkling debut as a starter (26-for-41, 311
yards, two TDs) in the Bulls' 35-23 loss to the Cougars.
USF-MEMPHIS AT NIGHT: The Bulls' Nov. 16 home game against Memphis will kick off at 7 p.m.,
the conference announced Monday. It can be seen on ESPN3, with no conventional live TV broadcast.
FLAG DAY: Upon further review of the Houston tape, Taggart said the 19 penalties whistled against the Bulls -- most by a Division I team in a game this year -- were correctable. None were flagrant, he added.
"A lot of it was just playing hard," Taggart said. Some of the facemasks, it wasn't like guys dragging 'em down from the facemasks. They accidentally got their hand on there. It came off quick but they did get it on there.
"But it wasn't anything flagrant. ... The ones that kill you, the false starts and holding, are just being disciplined."
The most disputed one, a fourth-period offensive pass-interference call against WR Andre Davis that nullified the go-ahead TD, was followed by an equally controversial non-call. On a similar play on Houston's next series, officials picked up the flag.
"I think that's a question you've got to ask (the officials)," Taggart said. "The one on our sideline (on Houston's possession) was explained to me that there was incidental contact all the way down the field."
ODDS AND ENDS: Taggart said junior Chris Dunkley's effort at Houston (152 total return yards) has earned him the return job for now. ... Thanks in part to White's prolific night at Houston, USF has moved up five spots -- to 112th -- nationally in pass offense.
AUDIBLE: "Part of it you want to play but part of it you want to give a chance to really get Michael (White) some work. It was really good to see him go and perform the way he did on such a short week and you could only imagine him having more time..." -- Taggart on the upcoming bye week, USF's third of the season