Spring Review -- Special Teams

Spring football is over and the Hurricanes are now going into Phase Three, which is summer conditioning. Lets review the special teams play from the spring and what lies ahead.

The Players:
Jake Wieclaw had a very good junior season for the Hurricanes in 2011, his first as a starter after Matt Bosher graduated and kicked for the Atlanta Falcons. Wieclaw handled the kickoff and field goal duties in the spring and had a solid performance. Redshirt freshman Matt Goudis was behind him and is being groomed as Wieclaw's replacement. Dalton Botts was an All-Conference caliber punter for the Hurricanes in 2011, his first year as a Cane after coming from a Junior College. He had a solid performance as well in the spring.

The top return specialist to start the spring is Miami's fastest offensive player -- Phillip Dorsett. He also finished the spring as the top return guy, with RB/WR Dallas Crawford behind him as the number two guy here.

Best Guess Depth Chart:
Wieclaw will kickoff and kick field goals. Goudis is behind him on both. Botts is the top punter, with Wieclaw behind him. Dorsett will return punts and joins Crawford on kick returns.

What's Ahead:
Wieclaw and Botts were both solid in their first seasons as starters in 2011 and will look to improve upon their performances in year two. They should give Miami one of the best tandems in the conference. Dorsett might not have the same straight ahead speed as Travis Benjamin from last season but he's probably got more wiggle and can make a lot of people miss. We should expect to see an improvement in the punt return game.


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