2022 Football Preview: Specialists – University of Tennessee Chattanooga Athletics


CHATTANOOGA—The 2022 football season is fast approaching for the 12th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs. Kickoff is only SIX days away at the time of this publication. Tickets are available at the link above with more information to follow to see the preseason Southern Conference favorites.

The final installment of our position-by-position preview for the upcoming campaign is here.

vol. 1: defensive line
vol. 2: Offensive Line
vol. 3: linebackers
vol. 4: Quarterbacks
vol. 5: secondary
vol. 6: Runners
vol. 7: Receivers and tight ends

We travel to the special teams room to complete our tour of the position groups. He is likely the deepest in school history with two punters, three position kickers and four long snappers. That includes all returning starters.

Quick shot with the special teams coordinator Mike Yeager

“We’re very fortunate to have great depth this year. It’s an area where we’ve got two guys that punted a lot and did it well. We’ve got a number of guys that have the ability to be very good in the middle. We’ve got a veteran that has kicked a lot. and a very, very talented freshman who is getting better every day.”

Breakdown of special equipment
Returning/Missing Headlines: 3/0
Returning/Missing Card Winners: 4/2
The red shirts are back: 1 – Jon Estes (Fr.)
Newcomers (year): 4 – Andrew Southard (Fr.), jakehall (Jr.-Alabama), grant reid (Fr.-Tennessee) & brody gann (Fr.)

by the numbers
2 veteran gamblers

Greater Bored Gabe Y Jason Pierce They are back. Pierce is a former Ohio Valley Conference punter at Jacksonville State, while Boring has been a regular at both punting and kickoff specialist entering his fifth year in the program.

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3 kickers

Junior aaron sears he leads the room after a strong first season in Scenic City leading the team in scoring. That included a 3-3 performance in a narrow loss at Kentucky last September. Jon Estes red shirt in 2021 while the real freshman signee Andrew Southard has impressed, including closing out a recent practice with a 52-yard shot through the studs under immense pressure with the entire team surrounding him. There may have been some added post-practice race stress and conditioning break with a make, but we can’t confirm or deny that.

4 long snappers

FOUR long snappers. Cody Olszewski managed snaps on field goals last season, while the graduates Bryce Coulson he was the main man in the clearances. alabama transfer jakehall is vying for snaps along with Tennessee transfer grant reid and real freshman brody gann.

The final word on the field goal process

What is the most important part of making a field goal? We asked a 3-person expert panel which step is the most important. Very varied responses.

“It’s the snap,” began the long snapper. Cody Olszewski.

“It has to be the warehouse,” the headline added. Bored Gabe.

“It’s absolutely the kick,” countered the kicker. aaron sears.

Ok, so that’s ironically firmly written. But actually everyone agrees, there is no “most important” part. Without a solid center, the starter can’t get the kicker in the right position. The starter has a distinct spot where they put the ball that is the kicker’s goal. If they lose place, it affects the trajectory of the kick. And of course, the kicker makes the vital swing. If any of those steps are wrong, it’s hard to beat. It is the most coordinated part of the game.

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