Breaking down the special teams units

By Jake Trotter, Staff Writer, Modified: August 10, 2010 at 10:07 am •  Published: August 9, 2010

Breaking down the special teams units

Punter: Tress Way was one of the best punters in college football as a freshman last season. He should only improve now that he's given up place-kicking and focused solely on punting.

Place-kicker: Patrick O'Hara, Jimmy Stevens, Bryce Easley and walk-on newcomer Michael Hunnicutt are all battling for the spot. Coach Bob Stoops says it's an open competition, but O'Hara is the favorite to start the opener after winning the job late last season.

Kickoff: OU's kickoff specialist the last two seasons, Matt Moreland, is not with the team while dealing with an academic issue. If Moreland doesn't return, Way or Hunnicutt will handle kickoffs.

Holder: Southmoore walk-on Nyko Symonds has been smooth on holds in practice. Either he, or last year's backup holder, walk-on QB John Nimmo, will handle holds.

Deep-snapper: James Winchester was solid last year. He again will shoulder all snapper roles.

Kick and punt returner: WR Ryan Broyles will handle punt and kick returns. Who will be beside him on kick returns? RB DeMarco Murray apparently will return kicks in spots, but his injury past might keep him from manning the job full time. Roy Finch, Brennan Clay, Kenny Stills, Jonathan Nelson, Demontre Hurst, Trey Franks and Mossis Madu could all have shots at being his sub.

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