Only one short year ago we were spoiled when we watched D-Will get us back into games with his big time returns. We had Stupar and Mauti crushing opposing return men on Kickoffs. Now we fumble punts, average around the 20 yd line on kick returns and allow big returns on kicking game.
So here is my take for the coming year. One we should be giving Fera a chance on kickoffs to pins people deep. Plus we will insert a lot more speed on kick coverage. Imagine Hodges, Carson, Fortt, Royer, among others rushing down the field to blow up some poor folks! We should see a lot more forced fumbles and big plays.
The big change will be in the return game. We have been waiting for speed and skill to get on campus and it has finally arrived. Should see Brown back to return punts and hopefully local guy Kenny will get a shot. Both have great hands and the ability to break a long return. Neither man is amazingly fast but like Williams they have a nac for finding small creasing and exploding for big returns. We should (hopefully) see D. Smith, S. Green (if he can get healthy) and the emergence of Silas Redd! Redd has unbelievable quickness the Big Ten Network dubs him as having "Reggie Bush-like quickness!!!" Also we must take into account we lost a lot of leadership last year in our special teams units. This year we will be deep enough to spread the wealth and have the right guys in the right positions . Just pray that our punter works out the kinks early!