USF's Marvin Kloss named Offensive MVP at Shrine Game
The final act of Marvin Kloss' college career resembled so many others from the past two seasons.
Only this time, the stocky specialist nicknamed "Money" wasn't performing so much for the USF as he was for his immediate future.
Kloss, who booted a school-record 13 consecutive field goals at one point in his USF career, nailed all four of his attempts to win Offensive MVP honors at Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.
The East prevailed 19-3, with Kloss scoring 13 of his team's points. Working without an experienced holder or snapper, but also without a defensive rush, Kloss connected from 39, 30, 47 and 19 yards.
"It's a blessing," said Kloss, a 2013 Lou Groza Award finalist likely to land a free-agent invitation to an NFL training camp.
"It's a little different than at USF; the offense here doesn't really have a problem getting down in field-goal range. ... It helped that the rush wasn't too strong because the operation looked a little shaky at times, but I'm just blessed to get all the exposure that I can get."
The shakiness only seemed apparent to those within this makeshift special-teams unit.
Miami OL Shane McDermott was recruited to be Kloss' long snapper, and Baylor punter Spencer Roth held. Neither had done their respective jobs in a college game before, Kloss said.
"I think the kickers have been great this week, both (Roth) and (Kloss)," East coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary said. "I'm just thankful that they were able to be as consistent as they were. The fact there was no pressure today helps as well, but they did a great job."
Also brandishing some offensive sparkle was former Bulls WR Andre Davis, who capped a solid Shrine Game week with three catches for 36 yards. Davis was targeted four times; a third-and-10 rollout pass late in the first half sailed wide.
"I'm definitely pleased with it," Davis said. "I came out here and competed against some of the best guys around and had a good week."