As the season sits a week away the team prepared Saturday like the game was this afternoon. Each segment went through specific situations they may see during the season. Special teams were not left out. Sophomore kicker Dustin Hopkins said today after practice that Gran is as meticulous as they come.
"We went over things that might happen only once in a year, just so we can be prepared," said Hopkins. "I think coach Gran and coach Fisher, they are both a couple of organizers, and went over the most obscure situations imaginable today. That is pretty much what we went over from a kicking and special team's standpoint today."
Gran has been one of college football's best special teams coaches the past decade. That, combined with the talent he'll have to use in 2010, has FSU fans excited about this crucial part of the game. There are several players who'll lead this unit this year:
Greg Reid: Last year he led the nation in punt return average, and this year it is expected he'll compete to repeat that feat. Both Gran and Fisher have said throughout camp Reid is special with the ball in his hands.
Dustin Hopkins: Hopkins came on the second half of 2009, and this year he enters the season on the Lou Groza watch list. Look for him to emerge as one of the nation's best place kickers this year.
Lamarcus Joyner: Joyner has been compared to Reid in many ways, especially when it comes to big play potential. Where Reid had the instant impact last year on special teams at punt returner, many close to the program feel Joyner can mirror Tamarick Vanover's freshman season returning kicks.
Freshman: Look for several members of the 2010 class, mainly guys like Greg Dent, Mike Harris, Christian Jones, Holmes Onwukaife, Telvin Smith, Chad Abram and a few others to make a name for themselves on special teams.
Coach Gran has a lot of tools to work with this upcoming season. With the way this unit has practiced, there is little reason to think this segment can't make game changing plays in 2010. The days of error-prone, mistake filled special teams is over at FSU!
FSU Special Teams Set Could be Special in '10
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