Kloss, Davis Shine in Shrine Game

Playing just right across the Bay in St. Petersburg, USF standouts Marvin Kloss and Andre Davis turned heads with their participation in the 90th annual East-West Shrine Game.

There weren’t many good things to take away from South Florida’s disappointing 2014 football season in which they finished 4-8 and missed out on bowl eligibility for the fourth straight year. But the season did end on a positive note for two of the school’s record holders as Marvin Kloss and Andre Davis both delivered impressive showings in the 90th East-West Shrine Game, taking place right across the Bay at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Kloss acquired the nickname “Money” throughout his career at USF for his kicking accuracy and, in several games, being the most reliable source of points for the Bulls. Throughout his tenure, the Naples, FL native captured several school records in kicking including field goal percentage (78%), consecutive field goals made (13), and field goals of 50 yards or more (4) on top of being a Groza Award finalist in 2013. So for Bulls fans, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when Kloss captured the Shrine Game’s Offensive MVP award for going 4 for 4 on field goals for the day in the East’s 19-3 win on Saturday. "I was hoping to get some opportunities to kind of showcase my skill," Kloss said after the win. "I've been blessed to have four field goals. It's a big day for me." Being able to garner national attention from collegiate fans and pro scouts was certainly well deserved.

Tampa native Andre Davis has an opportunity to make a name for himself on a national circuit and raise his draft stock as NFL draft showcases move along throughout the spring. Despite holding thirteen USF career receiving records including career TDs (17), catches (153), and yards (2,136), he was only the 46th ranked receiver entering this year’s draft according to CBSSports.com. After what was described as a stellar week of practice leading up to the game, the hometown kid may be moving up radars. ESPN Insider Cecil Lemmey tweeted out during the week “USF Andre Davis might be best WR on East team. Insane concentration on play where he caught the ball falling on his back near sideline.” During the week, Davis described the experience of stacking up with the nation’s best players. “I’m a competitor. So coming out here and seeing guys from LSU and Tennessee and all over, I just want to show that I belong and that I can compete with the best of the best.” In the game itself, Davis utilized the limited playing time he had to lead the East receivers with 36 yards receiving on 3 catches. Perhaps his performance over the week was enough to earn himself an invitation to the NFL Combine in February.

With both USF football legends now turning eyeballs of pro audiences, Bulls fans have to wonder who will be the next individual to stand out for the green and gold.

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