Kansas Spring Football Outlook: Special Teams

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 26: Victor McBride #19 of the Kansas Jayhawks congratulates kicker Ron Doherty #13 after a field goal during the game against the Missouri Tigers on November 26, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Charlie Weis threw it out there. He's not happy with this group. The kicking game looks to be in trouble unless something changes but then again, shouldn't we be used to it?

Spring Candidates

13 Doherty, Ron 5-11.5 215 Place Kicker JR (2L) Klein, Texas/Klein HS

Doherty would be my pick at the position because he's been the most consistent. The concern would be wear and tear on his leg if he's kicking, punting and handling field goal duties. Of course all that assumes that we are scoring points.

16 Mueller, Alex 5-8 162 Place Kicker SO (1L) Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine HS

Nobody seems to sure what to make of Mueller. He was supposed to be a very reliable and accurate kicker coming in but when he was given the job it was dreadful. It doesn't sound as though that has improved all that much heading into this year which is again disappointing to hear.

54 Carnes, Justin 6-1.5 241 Long Snapper JR (2L) La Porte, Texas/La Porte HS

Carnes was snapping to Rojas during the year of the blocked punt. A million excuses popped up from coaching to the rugby kick to the snap time. Clearly the last staff thought snap time was an issue and they addressed it. With that individual now departed, it falls back on Carnes. Keep your fingers crossed.

Incoming Notables

Some chatter that Kansas is adding a kicker, but probably the biggest notable is not an addition but a departure. Tanner Gibas is no longer on the roster as a long snapper. That was definitely a positive area of improvement last year and now creates a bit of a concern as Justin Carnes returns to a spot where he wasn't a great asset in 2010. Hopefully he's improved his snap times during in that time.

Position Synopsis

Meh...better be sharp when covering kicks and try to score touchdowns rather than settle for field goals. If there's one thing this staff has been it's been honest. They don't seem thrilled with what we have so I'll take their word for it.

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