Unit Analysis: Special teams

Posted: July 22, 2013 in Football

The Bulls enter the 2013 season having to replace their starting punter and place kicker from last year’s squad.  The Bulls have several candidates for both jobs and need players to step up and fill the vacancies. 

Here is the 2012 roster and what they did last year:

Long snappers

David Burdetsky – 6’1″ 213 lbs. – Redshirt freshman – Started every game as the long snapper.

Alex Salvato – 5’11” 149 lbs. – Freshman – Took a redshirt

Punters 

Justin Brockhaus-Kann – 6’2″ 214 lbs. – Redshirt senior – Punted 54 times, averaged 40.6 yards per punt.  Longest punt was 70 yards.  Had 5 punts inside the opponents 50, had 19 inside the opponents 20 yard line, and had 5 touchbacks.

Chris Veron – 6’3″ 218 lbs. – Redshirt sophomore – No stats recorded

Kickers 

Maikon Bonani – 5’10” 176 lbs. – Senior – 18 out of 23 in field attempts, hitting a long of 50 yards.  He was also 21 out of 23 in XPAs.

Mattias Ciabatti – 6′ 185 lbs. – Freshman – Punted one time for 43 yards.

Marvin Kloss – 6′ 198 lbs. – Redshirt sophomore – 58 kickoffs for an average of 63.7 yards.  Had 37 touchbacks and recorded 2 tackles.

This is what the Bulls lost at the end of the season:

Justin Brockhaus-Kann – Graduated

Chris Veron – Left team

Maikon Bonani – Graduated

This is what the Bulls added: 

Emilio Nadelman 5’6″ 167 lbs. – Freshman – 2-star recruit

Michael Hill – 5’9″ 175 lbs. – Redshirt sophomore – Walk-n

Here is the rest of the 2013 returning roster:

Long snappers

David Burdetsky – 6′ 208 lbs. – Redshirt sophomore

Alex Salvato – 5’11” 165 lbs. – Redshirt freshman

No punters listed on the roster

Kickers

Mattias Ciabatti 6′ 184 lbs. – Redshirt sophomore

Marvin Kloss – 6′ 198 lbs. – Redshirt junior

I know what you are thinking, special teams is boring.  I agree a bit, but the Bulls have a real interesting situation on their hands entering the season.  The Bulls lost their starting punter and field goal kicker from last season.  The back-up punter, Chris Veron, left before the spring started, limiting the options that Coach Taggart has for the kicking unit.

Coach Taggart does return David Burdetsky, who should have the long snapper position locked down (Salvato will push him this fall).  At kickoffs, I would expect the strong leg of Marvin Kloss to hold the job as well, but for field goal specialist and punter, the battle is wide open.  For field goal kicker, Nadelman, Hill, and probably Kloss will battle it out.  I tend to lean towards Nadelman winning it out, with Hill a close second and Kloss focusing on the kickoffs.  As for punter, the job is Ciabatti’s to lose at this stage.  There really isn’t another kicker on the roster that could take the spot from him unless someone has risen up and Ciabatti has fallen way back.

Overall grade: C –

Face it, losing both punter and field goal kicker in one year hurts a little bit and not having a guy that is jumping right out as the next great leg should leave you a little worried.  This unit could become an easy B+ later in the year, but for now, the grade has to be low.

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