Glenville, WV - With a little over ten days left until the Glenville State College Pioneer football team takes the field for their first contest of the 2012 season we are going to take a look at the Pioneers special teams.
The Pioneers return both of their kickers and their starting punter from last season. The Pioneers will look to break in a new long snapper along with new returners.
Seniors Colston Bayless and Eddie McKay both split time kicking in 2011. Bayless made 9 out of 11 field goals in 2011; his long was from 37 yards out. McKay hit 5 out of 9 field goals in 2011 with his long coming from 31 yards out. “All three of our kickers have been competing every day in camp. You can tell they came back in great shape ready to get to work.”
Senior Tanner Collins returns as the punter for the Pioneers. Collins had 45 punts in 2011 which totaled 1,619 yards; he averaged 36.0 yards per punt. Collins also had 11 punts that downed inside the opponents 20 yard line. His longest punt of the year totaled 56 yards. “Tanner has an unbelievable leg; he can really punt the ball. We need to do a better job protecting him.”
Red-shirt freshman Tanner Wright will look to battle for both the kicker and punting duties. Junior WR Michael Evans looks to be headed into the season as the starting long snapper while Tanner Collins will continue to handle the holding duties for both PAT/FG.
There is a lot of competition at both the punt return and kickoff return duties. Guys fighting to earn the spots are Demetrius Quarles, Darren Elliott, Orlandus Harris, Ronnie Mills, D ’Andre Johnson and Robert Jiles.
“Overall our specialists are working to get better every day; Mike Evans has done a nice job with the long snapping. We are fortunate enough to have a few very talented guys that will get an opportunity in the return game.”