'Canes special teams hard to top

Devin Hester is the main reason the Hurricanes have the best special teams in the nation.

Updated: August 17, 2005, 2:06 PM ET
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
Here's a quick look at the nation's best special teams.

1. Miami Hurricanes
Devin Hester is the most explosive all-around return specialist in the nation and is the individual that puts Miami's special teams unit atop all others in college football. Hester averaged 17.2 yards per punt return, including three for scores. He also averaged 25.9 yards per kickoff return, including one more for a score. Jon Peattie's accuracy suffered a bit last season because a lingering injury affected his mechanics.

Now healthy, Peattie should return to the form he showed in his breakout freshman season in 2003. One thing is for certain: Peattie has a huge leg and is proven in the clutch. PT Brian Monroe made huge improvements as a sophomore last season, when he finished with a 41.2 average while nailing 20 attempts inside opponents' 20-yard line. If he builds on that performance in 2005, the 'Canes should have the most complete special teams play in the nation.


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