WSU Preview - Special Teams

BeaverFootball.com takes a look at the Cougar players on special teams.

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SPECIAL TEAMS



Kicker
Freshman Loren Langley (5-7, 146) has been sporadic throughout the season struggling to connect from anything near or beyond the 40-yard line. He is 4 of 9 on the year with three of his misses coming from beyond the 40-yard line.

Langley has a strong leg, it's just a mental game now.



Punter
Junior Kyle Basler (6-3, 231) is one of the top punters in the country with a conference best 45.1 average. The coaches think highly enough of him and made him one of the team captains and few can argue their decision.

Basler almost always gives the Cougars an edge in the field position game as he finished last year as one of 10 semi-finalists for the Ray Guy Award. This year 11 of his 36 kicks have been downed inside the 20 yard line with his longest kick being a 87 yard blast.



Kick/Punt Return
Jerome Harrison and Tyron Brackenridge share the kickoff return duties. Harrison has a 17.0 yard average on nine returnes while Brackenridge has a 20.8 average on six returns. Each has the ability to break a big one and is dangerous in the open field, especially Harrison.

Freshman Michael Bumpus primarily handles the punt return duties as he is one of the most explosive players on the team. He has one of the conference's best return average with a 11.7 mark and has broke one for a touchdown.


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