Spring Preview: Special Teams

Inside, a look at CU's special teams as the Buffs prepare for spring ball.

Head coach Dan Hawkins joked during his Feb. 1 Signing Day press conference that the best recruit the staff got this cycle was place-kicker Mason Crosby. Crosby had toyed with the idea of turning pro after his junior year, but decided to return to Boulder for his senior season.

Crosby was one of three finalists for the prestigious Lou Groza Award in 2005, and should once again be a favorite for the trophy this fall. He returns along with his holder, senior Nick Holz.

Two high-profile special teams players that will need to be replaced from last year's squad are long-snapper Greg Pace and punter John Torp. Hawkins recruited and signed a long-snapper in its 2006 class — Justin Drescher — but the team will need to find a snapper to play this spring before Drescher arrives in the fall.

Replacing Torp will be redshirt-freshman Matthew DiLallo, who was a three-star recruit out of Florida in 2005 and spent the season learning under Torp's wing. Like Torp, DiLallo is a left-footed punter.

Junior Kevin Eberhart continues to toil behind Crosby at place-kicker.

A bevy of return men are back from last year's team. It's likely Stephone Robinson will keep hold of the punt return job, but the kick return job could be thrown open to competition. Robinson and Terry Washington handled those duties much of last season, but several players returned kicks in high school and could get a look.

Special teams coach Kent Riddle wants the best players on his units, and several regular starters played special teams at Boise State.

"We take the best guys we can put out there," he said. "It doesn't matter if they're starters or back-ups or what their position on offense or defense is – we want the best guy that can get that job done."

The Roster
&Daniel Agostino, R-Fr., 6-2, 215*
@Career stats: Has not played.

Matthew DiLallo, R-Fr., 6-1, 190
Career stats: Has not played.

Mason Crosby, Sr., 6-2, 210
Career stats: 90-98 PAT, 47-60 FG, 231 points

Kevin Eberhart, Jr., 5-10, 190
Career stats: 1-1 PAT, 1-3 FG

&Isaac Garden, Jr., 6-0, 180
Career stats: Has not played.

Stephone Robinson, Jr., 5-9, 185
Career stats: 33-596/18.1

Terry Washington, Sr., 5-10, 195
Career stats: 12-250/20.8

PR Robinson
Career stats: 60-517/8.6, 2 TD

Reggie Joseph, Jr., 6-0, 185
Career stats: 1-2

Nick Holz, Sr., 5-11, 180

Dusty Sprague, Sr., 6-4, 190


Players lost: Greg Pace, John Torp.

*Vitals for all players are per CU SID as of March 6.
@ Career stats do not include bowl game appearances.
& Walk-on.

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