Spring Position Outlook - Kickers

We continued our Spring Position Outlook on Thursday with a look at a group of defensive backs that has a lot of talent, but it's mostly unproven with two starting spots to fill.

Today we'll look at a group that is somewhat similar to Texas' DBs in that they too are looking to fill a big void.



Who is gone?

Anthony Fera

Fera, a Penn State transfer, didn't start out his career at Texas like he'd wanted as a nagging groin injury cost him the majority of his junior season. But he more than made up for lost time in 2013 with one of the best seasons by a kicker in program history.

A 2013 consensus All-American, Fera became the first Lou Groza Award finalist in school history on Nov. 25, 2013 and the first UT All-America kicker in Jeff Ward in 1986.

Who is on campus?

Will Russ, Nick Rose, Nick Jordan, Ben Pruitt, Michael Davidson

What's that mean?

It means the Longhorns have a few players with collegiate kicking experience, but none with enough to make special teams coach Chris Vaughn feel at ease heading into the fall.

Jordan had to fill in for Fera as a true freshman and did so to the tune of making all but one of his 32 extra points and 9-of-15 field goal attempts. He didn't kick at all last season due to Fera's dominance.

Rose was Texas' kickoff specialist, and a good one at that. He sent 32 of his 75 kickoffs for touchbacks.

Russ and Pruitt didn't play last season while Davidson had one kickoff against New Mexico State.

Who isn't on campus yet?

Everyone is on campus

Season prediction

Jordan will get the nod as the team's field goal kicker with Rose serving as the backup. Rose will man kickoff duties. Punting duties are a mystery but I'll go with Rose, who averaged 39.47 yards per punt as a senior at Dallas Highland Park.

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