The good, the bad, the question: P/K

Special teams is set with an established punt returner in Sammie Stroughter, an improving kicker in Justin Kahut and most of the coverage players returning. One glaring issue is at punter where no player distinguished themselves in the spring.

The goodJustin Kahut stole the show at the spring game connecting on all four field goal attempts (42, 50, 55, and 31) earning him a scholarship in the fall.

The bad: Kahut is not game proven.

The question:  Can Kahut perform during a real game?

Riley says: "He got all the leg you would want, and he gets the ball up high. He's a tough-minded guy. I think we've had a lot of confidence in him from the time he got here. We were glad to get him, and he paid his dues behind Alexis, and now it's time to step up."

The roster:

  • So. Justin Kahut (5-8, 160) - says he feels comfortable attempting and making field goals from 60 yards...Serna says Kahut will be better than him when its through...gets the ball in the air quickly.
  • So. Tyler Cope (6-1, 185) - became eligible at the end of spring due to a little known NCAA rule...since he had not been recruited by Colorado nor received financial aid, he doesn't have to sit out a year...had an extra point blocked in the spring game...will backup Kahut for PATs and field goals.
  • So. Jake Webber (6-4, 192) - backup who has a slim chance at playing time...booted one extra point in the spring game.

Coming in the fall:  No one


The goodKyle Harper has a spring practice under his belt.

The bad: No one distinguished themselves which disappointed the coaches greatly.  They will bring three into fall camp and keep two when the season begins.

The question:  Who will emerge as the punter and will they be better than Serna?

The roster: RFr. Kyle Harper (6-0, 197), Jr. Sean Sehnem (5-11, 195), RFr. Josh Makepeace (6-3, 173)

Coming in the fall:  Johnny Hekker a 6-foot-5, 200-pound quarterback/punter from Bothell, WA who is expected to make a run at the starting job.


The good: Sammie Stroughter shows he stay has "it" returning punts as he rattled off several spectacular returns in practice for six.

Talyor Kavanaugh has solid hands and is fearless. James Rodgers could be explosive if given the chance at punt returns and most certainly on kickoff returns.

The bad: Nothing.

The question: Can Stroughter continue where he left off in 2006?

Top spring performer: Sammie Stroughter.  Touchdown Beavers!

The roster: James Rodgers, Sammie Stroughter and Taylor Kavanaugh will return punts.  James Rodgers, Tim Clark, Bryan Payton and others are competing to return kickoffs.

Additional notesAlex Linnenkohl and Walker Vave competed for long snapper duties with Linnenkohl having the clear edge.  Freshman Marcus Perry is arriving in the fall and is expected to take the starting gig.

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