2013 Nebraska Cornhuskers Special Teams Preview
This year the Huskers will have brand new faces at both the kicker and punter spots. The question is, will The Nebraska Cornhuskers continued to be spoiled at the two positions? All B1G performer Brett Maher is on to the NFL trying to make the Dallas Cowboys roster, so we will see a competition for kicker between redshirt sophomore Mauro Bondi and walk-on senior and Western Illinois transfer Pat Smith.
At punter we have more of an idea who will be playing this fall. The staff is working redshirt freshman Sam Foltz at the position and he made an impressed during the spring practice. In the Red/White spring game he averaged 44.5 yards per punt and he continues to impress during fall camp going into the season.
As we move into the season we know there are plenty of prospects on the roster to occupy these two positions. Junior receiver Jamal Turner was added to the Jet Award Watch List last month, which is awarded to the nation’s best return man. Others we may see at these spots are junior Ameer Abdullah, Alonzo Moore, and Kenny Bell to name a few. Despite some doubts that Abdullah would return kicks before fall camp started, he has been getting snaps at practice. Also, there is the possibility we see true freshman Terrell Newby getting a look for one of the returner spot.
Special Teams Outlook:
No doubt The Huskers will look different at special teams this year with new faces at both kicker and punter. The Huskers shouldn’t have too much difficulty getting production from the positions. Foltz proved in the spring game he has what it takes to change field position and Bondi showed us his powerful leg while nearly making a field goal from 58 yards out. Look for another year of great production from the return game as the Huskers have plenty of play-making speed in the return game this season.