Fall Camp Preview: Special Teams

Fall camp is about to begin for the Hurricanes so lets take a closer look at the team. This piece focuses on the special teams.

Coach: Micheal Barrow (2nd season)

The Players:
Jake Wieclaw (6-2/195/Sr) ... 60 kickoffs, 4 touchbacks; 11-14 on FG's (long of 49)
Dalton Botts (6-3/210/Sr) ... 48 punts for a 42.7 avg
Matt Goudis (6-0/170/R-Fr)
Phillip Dorsett (5-10/185/So) ... 4 for 82 on kick returns

Top Returner: Botts came to Miami after spending time at a Junior College and really played well in his first season on campus. A former prep quarterback and LSU commitment, Botts was one of the first players Al Golden and his new staff targeted in his first recruiting class. He wound up the second best punter in the conference last season and now should make a run at being one of the best in all of college football.

Top Newcomer: Goudis is another player the Hurricanes signed in Golden's first recruiting class. He will compete with both Wieclaw and Botts but has the best chance of winning the kickoff job, where only 6.6-percent of Wieclaw's kicks went for touchbacks last season.

Bottom Line: Wieclaw emerged as a very good replacement for Matt Bosher, who now kicks for the Atlanta Falcons. He was very good in his first season as the starter and made some clutch kicks, including a game-winner against USF. He also showed off a strong leg, connecting on one from 49 yards out. Botts is an All-Conference caliber punter who should improve on his numbers from a year ago. Travis Benjamin was the fastest player on the team last year and was the team's top return specialist. He's now playing on Sundays. Dorsett takes over that role this season, as the team's fastest player and the player who will handle most kick and punt return duties. There should not be much dropoff in production there, if not a rise.


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