Final Spring Practice Notes: Special Teams
Special Teams
GoBlueWolverine.com
Posted Apr 18, 2006


Allen Trieu wraps up his spring game analysis with a look at the kick coverage, field goal kicking, and return games.

Kickers
Garrett Rivas struggled a bit Saturday. He missed a couple kicks from inside of 40 yards and also did not do well on kickoffs (but Ross Ryan does that anyway). Is this a reason for concern? Probably not, Rivas had a rough last spring practice last year too, but turned in a decent year.

Punters
It will be a close race between last year’s starter Ross Ryan and redshirt freshman Zoltan Mesko. Mesko has a cannon for a leg. In warm-ups he stood on one sideline and punted it over the opposite sideline and into the stands! That said, he can be inconsistent. For as many as he booms, he will throw in a few sub par kicks here and there as well. Ryan does not have as powerful of a leg, but he is much more consistent.

Return Specialists
The few players who figure to be returning punts: Steve Breaston, Mario Manningham, and Leon Hall all fielded the ball well. In fact, between the three, no punts hit the ground.

Johnny Sears was tried as a return man but misjudged and fumbled with punts all day. He did show decent burst on one kick return though.

Carlos Brown, Alijah Bradley, Doug Dutch and Carl Tabb were the other players who got a chance to field kicks and punts.

Coverage Units
It's tough to tell how good these units will be from the practice. The usual standouts on special teams, Darnell Hood and Carl Tabb are back again. Brandon Harrison, Carson Butler, Tim Jamison, Chris Graham and Charles Stewart form the core group of players who will be on the coverage teams. Stewart, in addition to having a great day at cornerback, looks like he will be an excellent special teamer. Brandon Logan figures to be another standout with his speed.



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