USF’s Emilio Nadelman Named To Mid-Season All-America Team

The No. 16 USF Bulls have a new leading scorer. Senior kicker Emilio Nadelman has been named to the AP Mid-Season All-American Second Team following a 4-for-4 performance over the weekend.

The Mid-Season All-American Second Team was selected by a panel of 16 AP Top 25 poll voters. Nadelman is coming off of a 15-point scoring effort in USF’s win over American Athletic Conference opponent Cincinnati on Saturday.

With his strong performance over the weekend, Nadelman also earned his second American Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honor of just this season. The kicker now ranks in the top seven in the nation in four categories. He ranks second in the nation in field goals made per game (2.33 fpg), third in scoring (11.8 ppg), fourth in field goal percentage (93.3%) and seventh in total points (71).

Nadelman leads The American in field goal percentage and field goals per game. On Saturday, the senior tied former kicker, Marvin Kloss, for the longest string of consecutive made field goals in USF history with 13. He is 14-of-15 for field goals this season, having one blocked.

South Florida place kicker Emilio Nadelman pumps his fist after making a field goal against Temple during the second half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Photo: AP Photo/Chris O’Meara.

His 14 field goals are just five away from the USF season record, which is held by Maikon Bonani (2011) and Delbert Alvarado (2007). Nadelman’s 36 career field goals are tied with Bill Gramatica (1998-2000) for the third-most in USF history, and his 242 career points are four shy of Santiago Gramatica (246, 2001-04) for second-most all-time at USF.

Nadelman’s strong leg has helped keep USF in the unbeaten group. The Bulls are one of eight teams remaining unbeaten in FBS football: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 TCU, No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 8 Miami, and No. 20 UCF.

USF takes on Tulane this weekend at 7 p.m.

Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.