Post-Spring Depth Chart: Special Teams

A look at where the special teams depth chart stands at the conclusion of spring practices.

K:
Taylor Zalewski
Ryan Frain
The Word: Zalewski enters his third season as the starter, still tasked with bringing his accuracy to the same level as his leg strength. Frain is on scholarship, but won't threaten for the starting job,

P:
Justin DuVernois
Ryan Frain
The Word: DuVernois is finally a senior, now a starter since he stepped foot on campus. He too will work to be a more consistent performer, with Frain, again, the back-up.

LS:
Zach Hirth
Michael Martin
The Word: You probably haven't heard much about Hirth. That's a good thing. The redshirt sophomore started all of last season and didn't make much noise. Again, that's a good thing. Nobody reads about the long snapper when he does his job, only when a mistake is made.

Holder:
Reilly O'Toole
Justin DuVernois
The Word: Illinois, it seems, as multiple trick play options on field goals and extra points. O'Toole will assume the role Tim Russell had last season, a run-pass option that keeps the playbook open.

KR:
V'Angelo Bentley
Darius Mosely
The Word: The Illini will once again look to use special teams as a means for points in 2014, with V'Angelo Bentley one of the most explosive players in the Big Ten.

PR:
V'Angelo Bentley
Caleb Day
The Word: Guys like Day and Mosely are plenty talented enough to cover the return duties, but Bentley is too good to stand on the sideline.


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