Post Spring Breakdown: Special Teams Part II

Previously, Sooners Illustrated provided the first part of the post-spring breakdown for the special teams, dealing with the kickers, punters, holder and long snapper, so now it's time for the returners.

Starting kick and punt returner—Ryan BroylesHe brings the type of explosiveness in a returner that coaches long to have. A missed tackle here or there could allow Broyles to take one to the house at any time. Last year he only had four returns for 81 yards in the kick returning game, but he was electric in the punt return game, racking up nearly 500 yards on 31 returns, good for an average of 15.9 yards per return. One of those included a touchdown. So, he's a solid first guy.

Backup kick returner—Mossis MaduMadu got the bulk of the returns last year in the kicking game, and he was pretty good, racking up 471 yards on 22 returns for 21.4 yards per return. He was the team leader in kickoff return yards by well over 300 yards. He was pretty reliable all of last year, but he did muff one in the Spring Game, and the Sooners definitely don't need any of that next season.

Backup punt returner—Demontre HurstHe has the tools of a typical secondary player that the Sooners like to utilize in their special teams game. Hurst's quick with a good burst of speed, and he could be a reliable player here.


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