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A special look at South Carolina’s 2016 special teams

We put a bow on our position previews with a look at the men kicking, punting, and returning the pigskin this year.

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Special teams. They don’t get the press that the “big-time” positions get, but they’re still important. They can go from everyone’s hero one week to everyone’s villain the next. Fortunately at South Carolina, fans have been blessed with a great core of special teams players that get the job done week in and week out, meaning that we don’t have to worry about holding open tryouts for kickers because the one we had was so poor at his job.

Let’s take a look at the Gamecocks’ special teams and prepare to say our final goodbyes to three of the members of the talented @SC_Specialists.

Kicker

Elliott Fry. Because who else do you want in this spot? Unfortunately, it’s his senior year, so it’s his last chance at getting the coveted Heisman trophy that’s missing from his mantle. (Plus, he hasn’t missed an extra point since his freshman year. That should get him consideration, right?)

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Punter

Sean Kelly. Not just a great punter, but a pretty good runner to boot.

To be honest, that was probably Steve Spurrier’s best play call of the year. This will be Kelly’s second and final season with the Gamecocks, but he’s definitely made his mark.

Long Snapper

Drew Williams. Drew was a quarterback and a wide receiver in high school, so I’m waiting for Will Muschamp to draw up a fake play for him since it’s his senior year. You read it here first.

Returners

Rashad Fenton and A.J. Turner. Let’s hope we see more Fenton #HouseCalls in 2016. Many more.

You too, A.J. Turner.