By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA, JUNE 18, 2014 – Another season of USF football is approaching fast and Athlon Sports is thinking highly of the Bulls heading into their Aug. 30 home opener against Western Carolina.
Center Austin Reiter, kicker Marvin Kloss and punter Mattias Ciabatti headline a list of 10 Bulls that have landed spots on Athlon’s preseason American Athletic All-Conference Team. Reiter, Kloss and Ciabatti landed spots on the first team, while tight end Mike McFarland, guard Quinterrius Eatmon, tackle Darrell Williams and punt returner Chris Dunkley made the second team.
Wide receiver Andre Davis, guard Thor Jozwiak, defensive tackle Derrick Calloway earned spots on the third team along with Dunkley as a kick returner. Athlon’s USF all-conference selections were released less than two weeks after the Bulls had 11 players make Phil Steele’s American preseason team.
Learn more about each Bull on Athlon’s list below and check out the publication’s complete all-conference release HERE.
Austin Reiter, center: The senior from Bradenton, Fla., has gained national recognition by landing a spot on the Rimington Trophy 2014 Spring Watch List after starting every game for the Bulls the past two seasons. Reiter tied for the team lead by logging in 735 plays last season and he’ll direct a bulked up offensive line that returns five players that started a majority of USF’s games in 2013. The 6-foot-3 standout added 13 pounds to get up to 286 this spring.
Marvin Kloss, kicker: The redshirt senior from Naples, Fla., made program history last season by becoming the first Bull to be up for a major college football award when he was one of three finalists in the running for the Lou Groza College Kicker Award. Kloss led the nation with 11 field goals from 40 or more yards and four from 50-plus yards. Kloss’ first season as USF’s primary placekicker also included a string of 13 consecutive made field goals, including kicks from 52, 50, 50, 50, 49, 49 and 47 yards. Athlon Sports rewarded Kloss for his efforts by naming him to its All-America second team.
Mattias Ciabatti, punter: The redshirt junior from Tampa became USF’s starting punter last season and he produced big-time for the Bulls. The former Hillsborough High School star’s 73 punts and 2,937 yards rank third in USF’s single-season history books while he averaged 40.2 yards per kick. Ciabatti’s career long of 68 yards against Cincinnati ranks third all-time in USF history.
Mike McFarland, tight end: The senior from Tampa became an American All-Conference Second-Team selection by finishing last season as USF’s second-best receiver with 23 catches for 288 yards. McFarland also tied for the team lead with two touchdown grabs and he averaged 12.5 yards per catch in his breakout season as a Bull. McFarland ranked as a four-star prospect out of Blake High School and transferred to USF in 2011 after redshirting at Florida the prior season.
Quinterrius Eatmon, right tackle: The senior from Prichard, Ala., has started 34 times at right tackle in his 35 games as a Bull since 2011 and he logged in 681 snaps last season. Eatmon gives the Bulls the size head coach Willie Taggart is looking for at 6-foot-6 and 319 pounds, and he used his large frame to help Marcus Shaw rush for 94 yards or more in the first four games last season. Eatmon’s stellar start to his USF career helped him earn second-team Freshman All-America honors by Yahoo! Sports in 2011.
Darrell Williams, left tackle: The senior from Orlando is coming off his most productive season as a Bull. The former Evans High School standout started all 12 games for the Bulls in 2013 after logging in five starts the prior season. Williams also worked hard filling out his 6-foot-5 frame in the spring by adding 13 pounds to get up to 310.
Chris Dunkley, punt returner: The senior from Pahokee, Fla., emerged as the playmaker USF was looking for in the punt return game last season when he posted 97 yards on four attempts. The former five-star prospect out of Pahokee High School returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown against SMU, which was the longest return for USF and first for a touchdown since 2008.
Andre Davis, wide receiver: The Bulls expect big things from the senior after he set a new USF single-season record with 735 receiving yards while hauling in a team-best 49 catches in 2013. The Tampa native and former Jefferson High School star ranks third on the Bulls’ career list in receptions (117) and receiving yards (1,542) and he’s fourth on the program’s touchdown catch list with 10. Davis also owns program records for consecutive games with a catch (30) and consecutive 100-yard games (3).
Thor Jozwiak, guard: The redshirt junior from Eagle Lake, Fla., is back to being healthy after missing all of last season with a heart condition that required medical treatment. Jozwiak proved to be back in top form during the spring game when he helped the White Team hand the Green Team a 35-3 loss. The 6-foot-4, 332-pounder started five of the nine games he played in during the 2012 season after becoming a first-team all-county selection out of Lake Region High School.
Derrick Calloway, defensive tackle: The sophomore from Bradenton, Fla., gained valuable experience as a freshman by logging in six games of action, including the season opener against McNeese State. The 6-foot-1, 300-pounder posted three tackles and two tackles for loss after becoming a two-time all-state selection out of Manatee High School. The Hurricanes became state champions in 2011 and won three regional titles during Calloway’s time with the program.
Chris Dunkley, kick returner: The senior consistently gave the Bulls solid field position last season by leading the team with 18 kickoff returns for 406 yards (22.6 yards per return). Dunkley racked up a career-best 171 all-purpose yards last season against Houston and he earned the Most Improved Player Award at USF’s postseason banquet.
USF returns 16 starters (10 offense, 4 defense, 2 specialists) for Taggart's second season at the helm, which kicks off on Aug. 30 vs. Western Carolina at Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls 2014 non-conference schedule features home clashes vs. Big Ten foe Maryland (Sept. 6) and ACC opponent N.C. State (Sept. 13) as well as a road game at perennial Big Ten power Wisconsin (Sept. 27). USF will welcome UConn (Fri., Sept. 19), East Carolina (Sat., Oct. 11), Houston (Sat., Nov. 1) and UCF (Fri., Nov. 28) to Raymond James in American Athletic Conference action.
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