|K||Clint Stitser Jr.*||Kyle Zimmerman Jr.*|
Stitser was named to the Groza list in 2005 despite playing in just 6 games his first year as a starter. His season ending injury against Idaho was a bigger impact than many had thought at first. Without Stitser, the dynamics of the offensive scheme changed dramatically. The Bulldogs were no longer guaranteed points when inside the 30 yd line. His full recovery is necessary for the Bulldogs to have an excellent kicking game, a Bulldog trademark under Pat Hill and John Baxter. However, it is nice to know there is a capable experienced backup, Zimmerman, that can boot kicks inside of 40 yards, if needed.
|P||Mike Lingua Sr.*||Robert Malone Fr.|
Lingua has been a steady performer since 2004. He doesn't boot the ball far, but his hang time is unparalleled in the college game. He did shank a few down the stretch last year that really hurt the team, which was very uncharacteristic of him. He should have a good senior, and allow Fr. Robert Malone, at right, to redshirt and assume the starting position in 2007.
|KR||Clifton Smith Jr.*||Joe Fernandez Sr.*||Shannon Dorsey Jr.*||Chastin West Fr.*||Lawrence Hood Fr.|
Adam Jennings graduation, Richard Marshall's early departure to the NFL and Smith's injury put a huge question mark on the kick returning game. Smith is one of the most exciting players to sport the Bulldog red. He will probably not return until at least late August, and could miss part of the season. Fernandez could fill the void, but who will join him or unseat him? Dorsey, West, and Hood were all excellent return specialist in HS. Dorsey is a straight up runner, not as elusive as Smith. West is a big strong player, and in my opinion would be a worthy KR along side Smith or Fernandez. Hood, like Smith, is very versatile and exciting.
Outlook- Questionable. No proven depth beyond Smith.
Smith has made his mark as PR in just a handful of returns. He has 3 returns for Tds in his short career. Fernandez showed last year against Idaho, he could be a great PR if needed. West and Hood could get a look here if needed.
|LS||Kenny Amendola Jr.*||Tyler Clutts Jr.*||H||Jordan Christensen Sr.*|
When was the last time you saw the Bulldogs botch a snap and hold on a kick? Often overlooked and taken for granted the LS and H must have precise timing and execution to perform well. The Bulldog special teams are among the best in the country and Amendola and JC are big reasons why.