March 8, 2012

2012 Position Breakdown: Special Teams


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color="White">Special Teams: Review, grade and 2012 season
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From top to bottom Florida State's special teams units were some of the best in the country. Punter Shawn Powell was named a consensus All-American (first punter in school history). Kicker Dustin Hopkins was named a Lou Groza finalist, and the Seminoles kickoff coverage units allowed just 19 yards per return, good for third best in the ACC.

Powell averaged 47.04 yards per punt, good for best in the nation, and 41.28 net yards per punt, second to only Oregon.

Hopkins was 22 of 27 on field goal attempts in 2011. His percentage of .815 was seventh best in the country, and tops in the ACC.

FSU returners averaged 10.4 yards per punt return and 26.5 on kickoff returns.




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Florida State's kicking game was spectacular throughout the year, and Powell was at times one the team's biggest weapons. Greg Reid averaged 11.2 yards per punt return, including an 83-yarder for a touchdown against Miami. Lamarcus Joyner led the way on kickoff returns with an average of 30.5 yards on 13 returns. Karlos Willaims was also dynamic on returns averaging 23.2 per return. In addition to his 22 field goals, Hopkins netted 29 touchbacks.
Top Returning
players

Junior KR Lamarcus Joyner Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
(St. Thomas Aquinas)

Sophomore KR Karlos Williams Davenport, Fla. (Ridge HS)

Senior K Dustin Hopkins Houston, Texas (Clear Lake HS)

Senior LS Dax Dellenbach Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (North Broward HS/Auburn)


Senior PR Greg Reid Valdosata, Ga. (Lowndes HS)

color="White">Warchant.com Staff position outlook for
2012


Gene Williams, Publisher
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D.C. Reeves, Managing Editor
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Paul Thomas, Staff Writer
Florida State special teams' units were outstanding in 2011. Replacing Shawn Powell will be no easy task for Cason Beatty, who enrolled early and will handle punting duties this spring. Dustin Hopkins returns for another season, and with the NCAA rule changes he should be able to easily surpass his 2011 total of 29 touchbacks. The Seminoles' coaches will have plenty of weapons to choose from when it comes to return men. Lamarcus Joyner and Greg Reid had solid years on kickoff returns, but Karlos Williams was exciting to watch each time the big fella touched the ball. I wouldn't be surprised to see Reid only return punts. Marvin Bracy has the speed to potentially earn a few at-bats as a kick returner. Rashad Greene was solid in his few attempts at kick returns, but I think the coaches shouldn't risk injury with him and have him just play receiver.
color="White">2012 Signees P Cason Beatty (6-3/215) from Charlotte, NC (Olympic)

K Robert Aguayo (6-0/183) from Groveland, Fla. (South Lake) *Grayshirt

KR Marvin Bracy (5-10/162) Orlando, Fla. (Boone).






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