Pre-Spring Depth Chart: Special Teams

A look at the special teams depth chart heading into Tim Beckman's third spring in charge.

Kickoff returner:
V'Angelo Bentley: 5-10, 190, Junior
Martize Barr: 6-0, 195, Senior
The Word: There's a host of young playmakers that should push for time on the return teams, but look for Bentley to hold it down. As seen in 2013, he's too explosive not to throw out there as much as possible.

Punt returner:
V'Angelo Bentley:
Darius Mosely: 5-11, 185, Sophomore
The Word: Mosely and fellow sophomore Caleb Day could give Bentley a spell on punt return if needed.

Kicker:
Taylor Zalewski: 6-3, 220, Redshirt Junior
Ryan Frain: 6-2, 220, Redshirt Sophomore
The Word: Zalewski converted 12 of his 17 field goal attempts last season, a decent percentage (70 percent) considering he was just a sophomore and the usual weather conditions in Memorial Stadium.

Punter:
Justin DuVernois: 6-1, 190, Senior
Ryan Frain:
The Word: DuVernois' average went down in 2013, from 41.9 to 41.1, but he doesn't have much competition for the starting spot. He'll look to improve in his final season.

Long snapper:
Zach Hirth: 6-4, 220, Redshirt Sophomore
Michael Martin: 6-4, 225, Sophomore
The Word: Hirth was considered one of the best long snappers in the country in high school. He lived up to that billing in his first season as a starter in 2013.

Holder:
Justin DuVernois:
Reilly O'Tooole: 6-4, 220, Senior
The Word: DuVernois split time as the holder in practice last season with Tim Russell, who exhausted his eligibility. DuVernois would be the safe route, with a guy like O'Toole or perhaps even Aaron Bailey a potential candidate due to the ability to throw the ball on fake field goals/extra points.


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