A large portion of this morning’s walkthrough practice was devoted to special teams. With that in mind, special teams coordinator, Doug Humbert, was asked to explain who will all appear in tomorrow’s game, and how he will manage the reps that each player receives.
“We’ve got two groups for punt cover and punt return,” he explained. With kickoffs, we’ve got three groups going. The third group are young guys that I’d like to get in the game at some point. We’ll start off with playing our first team people for the first half. We’ll get into our second team during the second half.”
The Huskies have three kickers on their roster. Cole Samson and Denton Kolodzinski are returning veterans, and Sean Stenger was a redshirt in 2011 and seeks his first CIS game action. “Cole will handle the placekicking and kickoffs for the first half, while Denton will punt. We’ll see how many reps they get, but we plan on flipping things so that they each get a chance to do both. I hope to get Sean in at some point, maybe in the fourth quarter. Sean has a lot of potential, and I’d like to see him hit a few. I want to make sure that Denton and Cole get the lion’s share of the reps, but we’ll try to get Sean in there too.”
The Huskies were the best returns team in CanWest last year, something the team hopes to repeat in 2012. In order to do so, they’ll have to replace Jerit Lambert, who will miss this season with injury. The Huskies have several skilled, veteran returners, and will add a few to the unit as well. “In terms of punt return, our depth chart has Luke Thiel in there primarily, along with Kit Hillis, Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren, Jeff Moore, and Devin Logan is available as well. Travoy Martinez is another one, but he’ll primarily be a kickoff returner with Jahlani. Keegan Arnyek is on the second kickoff team. Shane Buchanan and Devin Logan are in on kickoff returns as well.” Travoy Martinez and Keegan Arnyek will add a lot of speed to the return game. “I really want to get a look at Arnyek and Martinez in kickoff returns,” Coach Humbert explained. “They have the potential, even though they’re only first year players, to give you a breakaway threat, which is nice to have.”