THE SPECIAL TEAMS two deeps aren't expected to require wholesale changes from this season's end to the beginning of spring ball, although a couple of underclassmen could get their chance at showing what they can do returning punts and kicks.


Special Teams Two-Deeps

PAT/FG 27 Justin Kahut SR 5-8 176
  40 Matt Barker JR 6-1 181
COMMENT:  Kahut returns for his final season.  Can he make it through a year without missing multiple extra points?
P 7 Johnny Hekker JR 6-5 220
  37 Ryan Allen SO 6-1 205
COMMENT:  Hekker ended 2008 well, started 2009 strong, but ended the season struggling.  Who knows what 2010 holds?
HLD 7 Johnny Hekker JR 6-5 220

COMMENT:  Hekker is the default holder until another player is designated - most likely one of the redshirt freshman quarterbacks.

SNP 57 Marcus Perry JR 5-11 211
  48 Walker Vave JR 6-2 240

COMMENT:  Perry has been solid in his time in Corvallis.

PR 8 James Rodgers SR 5-7 185
  10 Kevan Walker SO 6-0 197

COMMENT: Walker is explosive, but so is Rodgers.

KR 8 James Rodgers SR 5-7 185
  14 Jordan Poyer SO 5-11 181
COMMENT:  Rodgers is one of the best in the Pac-10, but Poyer could give him much needed rest.
GUN 17 Brandon Hardin JR 6-2 206
  28 Suaesi Tuimaunei SR 6-1 207
COMMENT: The coverage teams were outstanding and the majority of players return to the coverage and return teams.

Hardin and Tuimaunei, who earned first team all-conference honors as a gunner, both return.

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