OU spring review: Special teams

OU spring review rolls on, this time looking at special teams, which should look quite a bit different in the fall.

Spring football is done at Oklahoma. The Sooners were able to get everything they could from 14 practices and the spring game and now the focus goes toward the 2015 season.

So what did we learn? Sooners Illustrated is going to take a position-by-position approach to see what we know now (or what we don’t know) going forward at OU.

Special teams

If there was one position that felt you could only grade incomplete, it was special teams. OU is simply holding down the fort until Under Armour All-American Austin Seibert arrives to campus in the summer.

There is good news, though, as Nick Hodgson fared very well handling the field goal duties during the spring, and Bob Stoops was quick to point out how well Hodgson was doing.

Punter is also up in the air between Jack Steed and Seibert. Steed and Hodgson have the experience edge, but Seibert is expected to be the next great kicker in Norman. The lingering question is how fast will it come together for Seibert?

In the return game, not even worth talking about Alex Ross as the kickoff guy. There’s no controversy there. Ross will be the guy and OU fans will certainly be hoping he can return to his early season form of being a highlight waiting to happen. No idea if Durron Neal will remain that second returner.

Punt return will be interesting. It could be Sterling Shepard, but the smart money is on Dede Westbrook taking over. Westbrook has been known as a dynamic punt returner and the goal should be to get the ball in his hands as many times as possible.

Special teams was an unexpected issue for OU last season, but the pieces seem to be in place for the Sooners to make the necessary improvements in 2015.


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