Kick it up: Glancing at Ohio State specialists 

August, 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A quick refresher course on the guys that will have the biggest impact this weekend on Ohio State's special teams units that will be closely watched by new coach Urban Meyer.



  • THE OPTIONS: The junior wide receiver's emergence as a weapon in the kicking game qualifies as a bit of a surprise heading into the opener against Miami (Ohio). Obviously the loss of Jordan Hall to injury early in the season left the door open for other Buckeyes to audition for the role, including projected backup Chris Fields and cornerback Bradley Roby. But Brown impressed with his ability to break big plays, with Devin Smith emerging as the next in line on punts and freshman running back Bri'onte Dunn getting a look on kickoffs. Roby might eventually work is way in, but for now the preference appears to be for offensive players to handle the football.
  • THE NUMBERS: Brown was called on to return a pair of punts last season, and he averaged 14 yards per attempt with a long of 17. Fields provided the highlight for that unit, taking a punt back 69 yards for a score.

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