Jon Peattie is the NCAA Active Leading Scorer

All of the coaching changes that took place in the previous offseason do not just affect the offensive and defensive teams, the changes are also being felt on special teams.

New special teams coach, Joe Pannunzio, has taken more of a hands-on approach with the kickers this spring than previous special teams coach Soldinger did.

"The kickers actually have our own meetings now," Jon Peattie said. "Before, we would just meet with the special teams, but now there is a kicker meeting where we watch film. We talk about how our time has been going and snap-hold. He goes over the whole process so it's good."

In 2005, Peattie improved from a rocky 2004 season in which he made just 59 percent of his field goals. In 2005, Peattie made 15 of his 20 field goal attempts. Peattie and Coach Pannunzio would like to build on that consistency and carry it over to 2006.

"He just wants me to be consistent," Peattie said. "That is pretty much every kickers goal. Treat every kick in practice like a game-time opportunity. You can never be too consistent. You can always work on it and get better."

Not only has the coaching changes brought a freshness to the special teams unit, Peattie senses a new attitude from the whole team.

"I think we have a new confidence," Peattie said. "We seem to be a more confident team. I think everybody is coming back knowing what they have got to do to get the job done. Nobody is satisfied with the last game we played."

Peattie's kicking mate, punter Brian Monroe has recently received more playing time with the depleted wide receiver unit. Interestingly, Peattie believes that working with the receivers can actually improve Monroe's punting.

"To be honest, I think it will actually help with his punting way more than anything else could," Peattie said. "Working with the receivers will make him relax and not even think about punting. By playing wide receiver, you just don't have to worry about punting anymore. When it comes time for him to punt he will be good."

Peattie enters the 2006 season as the leading returning scorer in the NCAA with 272 career points. Peattie is also 21 field goals behind UM career field goals leader Carlos Huerta.

"I think that is awesome," he said. "I have been lucky to play here for three years and hopefully during the fourth year I can keep that scoring streak going."

David Lake is a Staff Writer with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at lake@canestime.com


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