NORMAN — With Oklahoma’s spring football game fast approaching, today begins a unit-by-unit look at the 2013 Sooners.
I’ll have two posts a day through Thursday, and finish the series with Friday morning’s look at the quarterback battle.
Here’s a full schedule for the series:
Monday, 11 a.m.: Special teams
Monday, 2 p.m.: Defensive backs
Tuesday, 11 a.m.: Linebackers
Tuesday, 2 p.m.: Defensive linemen
Wednesday, 11 a.m.: Offensive linemen
Wednesday, 2 p.m.: Tight ends
Thursday, 11 a.m.: Wide receivers
Thursday, 2 p.m.: Running backs
Friday, 11 a.m.: Quarterbacks
So without further ado, here’s a glance at Oklahoma’s special teams entering the 2013 spring game.
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
44; Jed Barnett; Jr.; 6-2; 215
37; Dylan Seibert; So.; 6-3; 215
Punter analysis: Jed Barnett seems set to step in and replace the graduated Tress Way. The junior-college transfer from Laney Community College in Oakland, Calif., has made an immediate impression on first-year special teams coordinator Jay Boulware, who said he’s “one of the few guys I’ve ever seen at punter that’s a true two-stepper,” which helps prevent blocks.
“He does it a little different than most guys I’ve ever seen,” Boulware said. “That in itself is a really good characteristic to have, because his catch-to-kick time is really low. I shouldn’t say really low; it’s below 1.3, which is what we look for.”
No.; Name; Cl.; Ht.; Wt.
18; Michael Hunnicutt; Jr.; 6-0; 173
47; Eric Hosek; So.; 5-10; 150
Kicker analysis: Hunnicutt has hit 36 of his 43 career field-goal attempts, good for an 83.7 percent success rate. His longest field goal in 2011 was 53 yards, and last year, the longest he hit was 45 yards. Boulware said Hunnicutt needs to continue working on consistently making longer kicks, though.
“The majority of field goals he’s taken have been inside of 40 yards,” Boulware said. “We just need to continue to working and progressing in field goals outside of 40 yards.”
Boulware, though, said the team definitely needs to be better on kickoffs.
“I think that’s the one area where I feel like we’re not as far along as we need to be in terms of a kickoff specialist,” Boulware said. “You have to realize what I’m used to. I think I’ve had the best kicker during the last four years or the last two years at least. Everyone talks about the number of touchbacks that the kid from Okie State (Quinn Sharp) had, but our kid in 2011 had a higher percentage than him. I just didn’t ask for him to kick it out every time.
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