Special teams looking to be special

Miami's special teams units improved as the season went on last season and with the addition of a talented freshman kicker, they look to be even stronger this season.

Matt Bosher, 6-0, 170, SO
Jake Byrne, 6-4, 210, SR
Chris Ivory, 6-2, 220, SO
Matt Perrelli, 6-3, 250, SO
Alex Uribe, 6-1, 170, SR
Jake Wieclaw, 6-1, 185, FR

The special teams units for the Hurricanes seemed to improve as the season went along last season. And if spring were any indication, this unit should have plenty of competition this season. The different positions are up in the air heading into fall camp. Matt Bosher came to Miami as a kicker, took over the punting duties last season, and was back kicking again in the spring. As a freshman last season, Bosher punted 58 times for a 40.2 yard average, with a long of 75. He also kicked off nine times, averaging 58 yards each without any touchbacks.

Wieclaw is an incoming freshman, who enrolled in school early for spring drills. He's ready to give Bosher a run for his money in both departments. Alex Uribe, a senior walkon, will also be in the mix and given a chance to earn a job.

Walkons Jake Byrne and Chris Ivory are competing to be the team's long snapper this season, while sophomore Matt Perrelli will be the team's holder.

Graig Cooper and Chavez Grant are the only players returning with any experience as punt returners. Cooper averaged 4.8 yards per return on 16 chances, while Grant had one return for 11 yards. Six players – Ryan Hill, Shawnbrey McNeal, Richard Gordon, Bruce Johnson, Lee Chambers, and Demarcus Van Dyke – have experience as kick returners. Hill looks to be one of the best in the conference again, after averaging over 20 yards per return last season.

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