A Closer Look: Texas A&M's ST units

After breaking down the offense and defense of Texas A&M the last couple days, lets now look at what the Aggies bring to the table with their special teams units.

Kicking:
Senior Richie Bean (#27) handles both the kickoffs and field goals for the Aggies. In his first year as the starter, Bean has kicked off eight times and only four of those eight have been returned so whenever your kicker is putting half of his kickoffs into the endzone, he's doing a very good job. He's 0-for-2 on field goals, however, which means the Aggies don't have a player on their entire roster who has ever kicked a field goal at the college level. Bean's capable of putting his kickoffs into the endzone but hasn't proven a thing when it comes to kicking field goals.

Punting:
Senior Justin Brantly (#16) has been one of the nation's best punters over the last three plus seasons. In his fourth season as the A&M punter, Brantly is off to an excellent start. His nine punts have averaged 45.7 per, which ranks 8th nationally and is the best in the Big 12 conference. His career average is 44 yards per punt. Brantly not only does a nice job punting the ball a long distance, he also gets good hang time, as just four of his nine punts have been returned so far this season. While the Aggies have struggled so far this season, Brantly has been one of its most productive players and one of its top weapons.

Return Game:
A pair of freshmen running backs, #32 Cyrus Gray and #20 Bradley Stephens, are the kick return guys for the Aggies. Gray has returned four kicks for 66 yards (16.5 average) while Stephens has returned four for 67 yards (16.75 average). Those numbers certainly aren't going to scare anyone. Opponents have returned four kickoffs for 76 yards (19.0 average). Junior Jordan Pugh (#26) is the punt return specialist and he's returned six punts for 32 yards (5.3 average) so far this season. This is his first season as the punt return man. Opponents have averaged 23 yards per punt return on just four tries.


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