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Purdue Football: Special Teams Breakdown/Analysis/Synopsis

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We need to be very good on special teams to win games this season.

NCAA Football: Purdue at Northwestern Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Special Teams is important. Really important.

In order to win football games, you need to win 2 out of 3 phases each game. That is winning 2 of 3 of offense, defense, and special teams.

We can be good on special teams, it is paying attention to the small things, who to block, good snaps, making open field tackles. We have to be better at it.

Starters:

K: J.D. Dellinger - 6’2, 190 Pounds, Sophomore

P: Joe Schopper - 6’, 200 Pounds, Junior

LS: Ben Makowski - 6’2”, 251 Pounds, Junior

KR: Malik Kimbrough - 6’, 190 Pounds, Senior

KR: Tyler Hamilton - 5’9”, 170 Pounds, Freshman

PR: Jackson Anthrop - 5’11”, 190 Pounds, RS Freshman

I am not really going to go in depth with who reserves could be, as it could literally be anyone. Jake Herr looked good in the spring game and will push Schopper, Herr is a former walk on. The kicking job is Dellinger’s unless he is awful, bu the looked pretty good in the spring game in below average conditions.

We have plenty of speed to be pretty good in the return game. The question is, will we be able to block to spring these guys loose. Special Teams the past few years were bad. With Coach Levine on staff, it should be much better. Coach Brohm has spoken highly of him since he hired him. He was one of the first hires of the new staff.

Levine will have multiple duties, but his biggest will be to ensure that we win the Special Teams phase of the game every week.