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Spring Preview 2013: Special Teams

Redshirt senior Scott Garber has been South Alabama’s punter for the last 4 season. Heading into this spring, there doesn’t appear to be much competition for his job until fall camp rolls around. In 2012 he punted 72 times for 2,852 yards for an average of 39.6 yards per punt. He had a long of 69 yards (career best) with 5 punts over 50 yards. He pinned 15 of his punts inside the 20 with only 2 touchbacks. For his career, Garber has averaged 40.6 yards per punt.

South Alabama seems to have a little tradition going of Place Kickers stepping up on a year-to-year basis.
Michael Chapseux did it as a freshman in 2009, nailing 4 of 5 FG in seven games.
Lawson McGlon stepped up in 2010 when Jordan Means was injured nailing 12 of 17 FG and 20 of 21 extra points.
Jordan Means did it in a big way in 2011 earning FCS honorable mention All-American honors as selected by Beyond Sports College Network.
Re-enter Michael Chapseux in 2012 who set a South Alabama mark by connection on 20 FG in a season.
As a matter of fact, South Alabama place kickers have made 55 of 71 attempts (77%) in our 4 years of football competition.

The battle this spring is to see who can take the lead for the place kicking job heading into the fall. And that competition will be between two redshirt freshman, Aleem Sunannon and Logan Gunn. Sunannon has been described recently called an accurate kicker by head coach Joey Jones, while Gunn had a good prep career at Washington County High School. The PK job won’t likely be settled until the 2013 season opener is in plain view.

At one point of another over the past few years, redshirt junior Austin Cole and redshirt senior Nick Bear have both handled the long snapping duties. Both have proven themselves to be capable of consistently handling the duties, while Cole has proven himself to be good in punt coverage, as well.

There’s plenty of experience returning to the return game. Redshirt junior T.J. Glover (RB/WR) primarily handled both kick return and punt return duties in 2012, while redshirt junior Jereme Jones (WR) handled those duties in 2011 while Glover sat out. Both players return for spring training, and it doesn’t seem likely there will be anyone to challenge Glover or Jones for return duties until August.

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