2008 Blue Ribbon Yearbook Aggie Football Preview :: Kickers, Punters and Special Teams

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KICKERS

Junior Paul Young (6-0, 172) led the team in scoring last year with 67 points. A transfer from Hudson Valley Community College in 2006, Young hit 12-of-18 field goals and 31-of-34 PATs in a relatively strong first season.

He’ll have some competition this year from within. Freshman Jordan Davenport (5-10, 170) is an incoming recruit who can boot the football. Sophomore Ryan Jastram (6-1, 198) will also get a look. He handled kickoffs last year with 59, averaging 47.9 yards a kick with one touchback.

Red-shirt freshman Kyle Snyder (6-0, 177) figures into the mix as well.

PUNTERS

With Jared Kaufman’s departure brings an air of uncertainly at punter for the Aggies. Kaufman had all 62 punts last season with a solid average of 41.3 yards a kick. Now, Mumme faces the reality of putting a punter with no major college experience on the field.

Jordan Davenport was a punter at Plano High in Texas, averaging 35.7 yards a kick on 40 attempts. Kicker Kyle Snyder is another possibility. As a senior in high school, he averaged 39.1 yards a punt. Look for him and Davenport to battle it out, starting in fall camp.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Chris Williams should provide plenty of entertainment in the return game. The senior wideout averaged a healthy 16.7 yards on only six returns, before missing the last five games with the injury. Newman also figures into Mumme’s plans. He returned three punts last year for 21 yards.

Newman also returned kickoffs, finishing second on the team to Dubois with nine returns for 133 yards, a modest 14.8 yards a return. Glynn will see some kickoff return action as well. He also had nine returns last year for 116 yards.

New Mexico State didn’t take a return back on either punts or kickoffs but did give one up on kickoffs. If the key players remain healthy, then New Mexico State should be adequate in this phase of the game.

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