#35 K Emilio Nadelman
Redshirt Sophomore, 5'6", 173 lbs.
Stats in 2014: Nadelman was the backup kicker behind Marvin Kloss, and as such didn't see much playing time. He kicked off three times against Western Carolina, though!
Spot on Fall Depth Chart: Starting placekicker and kickoff specialist. The job appears to be all Emilio's now.
How He Came to USF: Nadelman went to Miami Central High, where he was under the tutelage of former USF running back coach Telly Lockette. He originally committed to FIU, but decommitted after just a week and gave his word to the Bulls shortly after.
Recruiting Rankings: Both Rivals and 247 gave Emilio two stars, but kickers are not particularly heavily scouted.
Projected Playing Time: Emilio's been biding his time behind Marvin Kloss for a couple seasons now, and finally has the job all to himself. If things go well, he'll be on the field not just this season, but for the next two as well. Get used to seeing number 35 on.... field goals? Until we see some indication of progress from the USF offense, you probably shouldn't get used to seeing him on extra points or kickoffs.
A lot of people have asked me how well Nadelman will do this season, which is a natural concern given that USF kicks a lot of field goals, and Marvin Kloss was an absolute wizard of a kicker (and Maikon Bonani before him was pretty darn good). I have nothing but faith in Emilio-- he gave Kloss a run for his money in spring practice last season, and has been very reliable from under 40 yards. He doesn't have Kloss' leg, but that's a pretty tough standard to meet.
Fun Fact: Nadelman also punted at Miami Central, and was quite good. If-- God forbid-- something happens to Mattias Ciabatti this season, Emilio should be able to fill in adequately.