Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the South Florida Bulls.
Kicker: Marvin Kloss, junior (Naples, FL / Barron Collier HS)
Frontrunner to take over placekicking duties following the graduation of Maikon Bonani.
2012: Handled the kickoff duties in all 12 games ... kicked off 55 times for 3,503 yards (63.7 ypk) ... produced 37 touchbacks ... also posted two tackles.
"This off season has been one of the most difficult ones but also the most beneficial one for me in my career. With our new strength and conditioning coach (Hans Straub) he has brought a whole new ideology when it comes lifting and conditioning. emphasizing flexibility, technique and position specific lifts an movements including many new lifts and stretches tht I have never done before. My flexibility and strength increased over the course of the summer and the program has prepared me for preseason camp and the upcoming season. This season I hope to continue to improve in the kickoff department from lat year sending as many out of the ends one as I can and as far as field goals go I have some big shoes to fill with the leaving of Maikon who is currently with the Titans. I've been waiting for the past 2 years to finally be able to handle both kicking duties and make a name for myself as one of the top kickers in the nation. I was able to train and compete with a lot of college guys and free agents up in White-Water this July at the Kohls elite camp. Being able to go head to head against other D1 guys is another confidence boost coming Into season. I'm looking forward to working with a new holder (Mattias Ciabatti) who has done a phenomenal job throughout the spring as well as a great 2nd year snapper David Burdetsky who has also been spot on. Having those guys perform the way they do brings down the operation time and gives me the confidence to know that everything will be taken care of before I make contact with the ball."Kicker: Emilio Nadelman, freshman (Miami, FL / Central HS)
High school: a three-year letterman, two-time all-state and three-time all-Dade honoree ... made 32-of-52 FGs and 211-of-215 PATs during his three seasons to score 307 points ... named 6A first-team all-state by The Associated Press as a senior ... also punted as a senior, averaging almost 40 yards per punt, landing 13 inside the 20Kicker: Michael Hill, junior (Tarpon Springs, FL / Tarpon Springs HS / Oklahoma)
"Hill, who will sit out the 2012 season as a transfer, has talked with USF special teams coach Vernon Hargraves and will join the team as a walk-on on the first day of school in August, when the Bulls can expand their roster from 105 players to 115. He'll have three years of eligibility with USF, starting with the 2013 season. Hill was on Oklahoma's team throughout last season and spring drills but said Tuesday he wanted to be closer to home, noting that his mother is a USF graduate. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound kicker had a career long of 51 yards at Tarpon, with four field goals of 40 yards or longer."Punter: Mattias Ciabatti, sophomore (Tampa, FL / Hillsborough HS)
Frontrunner to take over punting duties following the graduation of Justin Brockhaus-Kann.
2012: Played in one game ... punted one time against Chattanooga for 43 yards.
"Ciabatti, expected to be the Bulls' starting punter this fall, has been placed on scholarship by new coach Willie Taggart, continuing a longstanding Bulls tradition. 'We didn't give it to him. He earned it,' Taggart said before Sunday's morning practice. 'He's been doing a really good job. He came out and really launched a couple of balls the other day. I think he's going to be very significant in our football team this year'."
QB/punter: Aaron Munoz, senior (Pace, Fl / Pace HS / Louisiana-Monroe)
Spent three seasons at ULM as a quarterback and punter … punted 56 times for 2,057 yards (36.7 ypp), landing 13 inside the 20 … took over as the Warhawks starting punter during 2010 spring practiceLong snapper: David Burdetsky, sophomore (Jacksonville, FL / Trinity Christian HS)
2012: Appeared in all 12 games at deep snapperLong snapper: Alex Salvato, freshman (Lakeland, FL / Victory Christian Academy)
"During off season I along with the other specialists have just gotten together and practiced our craft. We have worked out and ran during the summer as a team and have continued to practice our skills even though there was no practice. Our summer has come to an end and me as a long snapper my goals were to just get better and stronger every week. As for the upcoming season me personally I plan on going to camp and earning my spot and I'm sure the others feel the same way. With our coaching change every spot can be refilled so everyone is fighting. In the actual season I hope I can contribute to a plethora of wins and get to a bowl game just as every school in the NCAA wants."