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Only Michael Hill Days Until USF Football

The backup backup placekicker is now the backup placekicker!

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#40 Kicker Michael Hill
Senior, 5'9", 175 lbs.

Stats in 2014: Hill did not appear in any games in 2014.

Spot on the Spring Depth Chart: Backup kicker below Emilio Nadelman.

How He Came to USF: From Tarpon Springs High School. Hill was not recruited much, but went to Oklahoma as a preferred walk-on in 2011. A year later, he transferred to USF and sat out the 2012 season. He didn't make the team in 2013 (when you have Marvin Kloss you don't need any other kickers). In 2014 Hill finally made the cut, but still has not appeared on the field.

Recruiting Rankings: None of the major recruiting services rated Hill, even though he was a first team All-Suncoast player in 2010 and was invited to try out for Oklahoma, for whatever that's worth.

Projected Playing Time: Hill does seem like a reliable kicker, so don't be too worried if he does come in to play. I don't pay a lot of attention to kickers in practice, but I've never noticed him missing a field goal, and he did make three of three in the spring game this year. Maybe if Nadelman pulls a muscle during one of the numerous extra points and kickoffs he performs after all of the touchdowns that will certainly be scored this fall, Hill will take over. But seriously, Michael probably won't play. Nadelman is good, and his name seems set in stone at the top of the depth chart.

Fun Fact: Tarpon Springs High School has also given us inaugural USF linebacker Brian Wilson, soccer star Wesley Charpie, and incoming freshman tight end Mitchell Wilcox.

Highlights: Here are highlights from Hill's spring 2012 practices at Oklahoma: