Sunday, August 24, 2014

Position Profile: Special Teams

We've had some great kickers in the past. Even last year's starter, Kasey Redfern, is now making a name for himself with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Then again, we've usually had somewhat of a good depth to our specialists. This year, that changes a little.

Here's a rundown of who's doing what this season:
David Marvin
David Marvin
David Marvin
Brian Sanders
Michael Comer
Nick Colvin
Lorenzo Long
Will Gay

Redshirt freshman David Marvin will handle the kickoff, field goal, and punting duties for the Terriers this season. Marvin has been pretty consistent in fall scrimmages so far, and looks to be a viable successor to Redfern.

We do have another punter, Brian Sanders, a sophomore out of McLean, Va., who, like Marvin, has yet to see any game action as a Terrier. That will undoubtedly change this season, as Sanders also will take up an often overlooked job as holder on field goals.

Nick Colvin led the team
in kickoff returns last season.
Courtesy Wofford College Athletics
Senior Michael Comer will serve as the long snapper this season.

Nick Colvin will be a favorite to return kickoffs this season, as he returned eighteen kicks for 443 yards last season, averaging over twenty-four yards a return (longest return was 71 yards). Lorenzo Long additionally returned nine kickoffs for 217 yards.

Will Gay led the way in punt returns last season, returning twelve punts for 43 yards (longest return was 22 yards). That's an average of only 3.58 yards a return - which shows that the Terriers aren't too big on returning punts.

Overall, a young and a little short-staffed specialist group, but a skilled and prepared one at that.

[Some statistical data courtesy]

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