Check out http://kansas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=975231 for a good little article on the Special Teams early on in Ku's camp. It discusses the advantage of having returning players on the unit as opposed to last season. Jacob Branstetter returns at kicker, Alonso Rojas at Punter, and Daymond Patterson seems to have a hold on the Punt Returning duties after handling it for much of last season. The only question remains: Who will return kicks?
Special Teams coach Louis Matsakis had this to say:
"The first meeting I had with the kickoff return unit I said that we will start with six guys back there and going into the week before the first game there are no 1's, no 2's, and it is open competition," Matsakis said. "We're going to see what guy gives us the best chance."
A good list of players, including a few stars of our team which could be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. I had completely forgotten about D.J. Beshears, an incoming freshman WR, apparently turned CB before the season (I'm not sure we have conformation on what position he is playing in camp?)
My inclination is to say no on Briscoe, Stuckey, or Wilson because of injury risk and general fatigue. But, if they give us the best chance then we'll probably have to do it. We all saw what Dez returning kicks against Mizzou did for us last season.