Special teams not so special in 2011

Published 9:45 am Thursday, August 18, 2011

There are few names to watch this season in the area of special teams. Look for many directional kickoffs and two-point conversions.

There are, however, a couple of names to watch for in 2011.

Luke LaBrant, K, Pike Liberal Arts
LaBrant may not have the most distance but he is consistent. Luke knocked through all 14 extra point attempts last season.

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Jacob Watkins, P, Pike Liberal Arts
Watkins averaged over 42 yards per punt and planted three inside the 20-yard line.
The Patriots will not punt too often but having a weapon like Watkins will help their defense keep points off the board.

Nathaniel Salmon, K/P, Charles Henderson
Salmon joins a long list of solid Trojan kickers. The senior is bigger than most players at his position standing 6-2, 200 pounds Salmon will also play on the defensive side of the ball for the Trojans in 2011.

Reginald Foster, KR/PR, Goshen
Yes, Foster doesn’t have the best foot in the area but think of the things this athlete can do in the return game. While Foster will handle kickoffs for the Eagles, returning kicks is where his presence will be felt the most.