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October 8, 2013

Kloss takes pride in AAC honor

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Kickers are a rare breed. Most of them are rather isolated on a football team - preferring to stay to themselves and work on their quirky routines.

That description, however, doesn't apply to redshirt junior Marvin Kloss

Kloss was honored by the American Athletic Conference for his four-field goal performance against the Cincinnati Bearcats, in a 26-20 win.

"It was 53," Kloss grinned from the podium. "Some of ya'll wrote 52.. it was definitely 53 yards."

'It' was the kick that gave the Bulls a quick lift to a 13-0 lead - just moments after losing starters Steven Bench and Marcus Shaw on back-to-back drives.

"You'd love to see the offense score and I'd be happy kicking extra points," Kloss said of the honor for the four field goals, including a 53-yarder. "As long as we get in scoring range, we got to get some points on the board - whether it's three or six."

Kloss said he feels he can kick from 60 yards out and knows the coaches are counting on him to cash in when the Bulls get close.

"As long as we get down to that 35 yard-line, we should be money for points every time," Kloss said. "I usually stop warming up when we hit the 40. On the 53, he looked at me and I gave the thumbs up and went out there and made it happen. Luckily I made it"

Kloss, who played safety in high school at Naples Barron Collier, said he's constantly working to get better. Kloss had four touchbacks and scored a total of 14 points in the game. He has not missed a field goal since a miss against McNeese State - his first try of the season.

"You definitely don't want to miss and come back to that sideline either to coach 'T' (Taggart) or your teammates and you kinda just let them down," Kloss said. "You've got one job to do and you better do it right, so. Right now I've got a little bit of a streak going which I'm happy to keep that going - knock on wood."

"I don't plan on missing any in the future," Kloss said. "I don't want to upset anyone."

Kloss, who lifts for a hobby, bench pressed 405 pounds last spring.

"I enjoy working out," Kloss said. "I like to lift and I lift a little more than I probably should after practice. I'm looking better than most kickers out there, you know - the real scrawny guys."

Kloss said the mood in the locker room after the game was 'like we just won the Super Bowl'.

"We celebrated like that," Kloss said. But that 24 hours is over."

Kloss played safety and punted for Naples for three years.

"When I came here, it was different," Kloss said of focusing on being the kicker. "It's kind of tough getting used to it. You're either warming up, or riding the bike to stay loose."



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