Wayne McGahee III

FSU Position Previews: Special Teams

Florida State has the tough task of replacing two upperclassmen at Punter and Kicker with freshmen.

Position Starter 2nd Team
Kicker Ricky Aguayo
Punter Logan Tyler
Punt Returner Bobo Wilson or Nyqwan Murray or Levonta Taylor Travis Rudolph
Kickoff Returner Kermit Whitfield Marquez White
Kickoff Returner Travis Rudolph Bobo Wilson

Florida State will replace one Aguayo with another this season. Roberto's brother, Ricky Aguayo will step right into the role he vacated. Aguayo early enrolled and moved right in as the first team kicker. He had a good spring, highlighted by a 57-yard field goal that he hit in practice. 

At the punter position, Logan Tyler will step in. He enrolled in the summer, but was considered one of the top punters in all of high school football last season. Tyler is extremely versatile. He played quarterback, running back, outside line backer, safety, and kicker in addition to the punting duties. He ran for over 1,000 yards in both of his final two seasons. 

The punt returner position is one of the biggest questions for the entire team. Bobo Wilson is the returning starter there, but the unit was downright horrible last year. For the first nine games of the season, Florida State was averaging negative punt return yards per game. That number went up to 3.74 yards per return, which was 115th in the country in 2015. It's not all on Wilson though. The unit around him rarely provided him an opportunity to make a difference, and if that doesn't change it isn't going to matter who gets the job.

Nyqwan Murray returned just three punts last year, but flashed on a couple of them. He is extremely shifty, and has deceptive speed. He also has some of the best hands on the team, which Florida State values at the position more than anything.

Levonta Taylor arrived on campus in June, but could be the favorite to win the job. He was the punt returner for his high school, and proved to be electric with the ball in his hands. Taylor is quick and fast to go along with a lot of confidence. He has been compared to former Florida State cornerback and punt returner Greg Reid for his returning skills.

Kermit Whitfield is returning for his senior season, and will maintain the starting kick return position that he has held his entire career. Whitfield hasn't returned a kickoff for a touchdown since the 2013 National Championship game, and coach Fisher has let him know about it during practice. 

The other kickoff return position is up for grabs. Travis Rudolph, Bobo Wilson, Marquez White, and Tarvarus McFadden all worked there this spring. Rudolph seems to be the leading candidate for the job. He catches the ball well, and has some shiftiness to him. Wilson is also reliable catching the ball on returns. 

White and McFadden were two others that are competing for the job, but it would be a surprise if either won the job.


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