Analyzing McNeese State: Special Teams

Posted: August 27, 2013 in Football

Special teams can often affect the outcome of a game and in the season opener, it’s important to pay attention to the specialists.  Let’s take a look at the special teams units for McNeese State and what they bring to the field. 

Punter

Jean Breaux – Sophomore – 5’10” 150 lbs.

Breaux is their returning starter at punter.  Last season, he had 43 punts averaging 40.3 yards per kick.  He landed 18 of them inside the opponents 20-yard line, showing a strong and accurate leg.  Breaux was also the kick-off specialist last season.  He kicked off 56 times, landing 15 of them for touchbacks, although he did have 4 out-of-bounds kicks as well. His back-up is Tulane transfer Ryan Rome, but expect him to punt anytime soon.

Place kicker

Ryan Rome – 5’10” 170 lbs. – Senior

Rome played in 27 games for Tulane before transferring to McNeese State.  Back in 2011, he was the leading kick-off specialist for the Green Wave before falling out of favor last season and transferring.  He didn’t attempt a lot of field goals while at Tulane, so it will be a new experience for him starting this season.

Kick Return

Javaris Murray – Senior – 5’8″ 180 lbs. / Diontae Spencer – Senior – 5’9″ 161 lbs.

Javaris Murray is one of their key return men.  He returned 7 kicks last season for 140 yards, averaging 20 yards per return.  Diontae Spencer had 12 returns for 264 yards, averaging 22 yards per return.  This gives the Cowboys two dynamic return men that can get up field fast and set up their offense with good field position.

Punt Return

Spencer/ David Bush – Sophomore – 5’9″ 180 lbs.

Spencer is the new punt return man for the Cowboys as they go with two new return men this season.  Bush, the speedy sophomore, is also new to the position leaving the Cowboys with a lack of experience at the punt return position.

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