OU spring review: Special teams

The final installment is here as we look back at how OU's special teams unit came along in spring.

A lot of questions were asked before Oklahoma started spring practice. Some were answered, some are still to be decided, while new ones popped up.

SoonersIllustrated.com is going to take a position-by-position look of what we learned about the Sooners from spring practice during the next couple of weeks.

Special teams

Not a lot of answers given in this department as OU has to find a kick returner and a punt returner by the time the season starts.

Special teams coach Jay Boulware has been quick to say you just don't replace somebody like Jalen Saunders as a punt returner. A couple of names seem like early candidates with junior Sterling Shepard and sophomore Daniel Brooks.

Shepard was a star returner in high school and Brooks is starting to show that explosiveness in the open field everybody was so excited about.

But the name to remember could be true freshman Michiah Quick. A dynamic four-star talent, he could make an immediate impact in special teams, and it's something he said he really wants to do.

No questions elsewhere. Kicker is locked up with Michael Hunnicutt. Snapping duties are done with the addition of signee Wesley Horky. And no issues at punter as Jed Barnett returns for his senior season.

Finding the returners, though, won't be easy. Boulware said nobody will be ruled out until he gets the full team when practice begins in August.

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