March 16, 2007
Spring Preview: Special Teams
Texas A&M is returning a number of specialists in the kicking game, which is a luxury the Aggies haven't had in quite some time. Both placekicking and punting duties seem to be in good hands.
Sophomore Justin Brantly will return at one of the top punters in the nation. Last season he finished as the No. 10 punter in the nation by averaging 44.3 yards per punt. Fourteen of his 50 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line with only five going into the endzone for touchbacks.
Freshman kicker Matt Szymanski was supposed to be a freshman this season, but he graduated from A&M Consolidated a year early a came to Aggieland last year. But he was supplanted as the starter by Layne Neumann before earning back the position for the Holiday Bowl.
Szymanski, however, took care of the kickoff duties and gave A&M a powerful leg that could boot the ball through the endzone.
With a year under his belt, Szymanski figures to be the leg everyone expecting him to be. He routinely hits 60-yard field goals in practice, and also acts as Brantly's backup at punter.
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