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South Carolina special teams are getting a makeover in 2017

Kicking and punting will feature some new faces this season

NCAA Football: SEC Media Days Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

While the other position groups get up to two weeks for a deep dive, the Gamecock specialists will get their own day of glory here on the Final Cockdown. We’ll go through kicking, punting and snapping today to get you brushed up on all things South Carolina special teams.

Alexander Woznick | Michael Almond | Joseph Charlton | Ben Asbury | Harrison Freeman | Danny Gordon | Parker White


Kickers

#42 Alexander Woznick: RS Freshman / 5’11’’ / 164 / Greenville, SC / Eastside

It’s safe to say whoever hold the role of kicker in 2017 has some giant shoes to fill. Elliot Fry departs as a four year starter and the school’s all-time leading scorer and proved himself to be a reliable weapon late in games. So who’s the favorite to replace Fry?

If the spring game is any indication, Alexander Woznick looks to be the answer. He took on a heavy load back in April when he attempted six field goals, making only three of them. To give him some credit two of those misses were from beyond 52 yards, though the 33 yard miss wasn’t all too impressive.

However he did clean from 47, 48 and 50 yards. Woznick was listed as the starter in the preseason depth chart and as of this posting looks to be the favorite to keep the job for opening day. He’ll be very wet behind the ears, so nothing guaranteed until the Woz can prove he’s reliable game-by-game.

2016 Stats: N/A

#43 Parker White: RS Freshman / 6’4’’ / 195 / Mount Pleasant, S.C. / Wondo

Even though Michael Almond is listed on the preseason two-deep as the backup kicker, he’s got a better shot at the punter job than kicker. So we’ll shelf him for later and focus on another kicker in Parker White.

The only action we’ve ever seen White participate in as a Gamecock was in the spring game when he handled one kickoff and put it in the end zone. Don’t forget how important kickoff duties are in terms of setting field position. Either Parker or possibly Joseph Charlton would handle those responsibilities come Sept.

2016 Stats: N/A


Punters

#20 Joseph Charlton: RS Sophomore / 6’5’’ / 190 / Columbia, SC / AC Flora

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the only scholarship kicker South Carolina has on the roster. Once upon a time Charlton was the No. 2 punter in the country behind Bailey Kenter, who funny as it was never actually played college football because he moved home to Australia.

Does that make Charlton the No. 1 punter in the class of 2015 by default? I’m sure you can go to the comments and get into a raging argument about it. Charlton sat his first two seasons behind Sean Kelly, who turned out to be a key weapon in the field position battle for two seasons.

Charlton had two punts of 42 and 46 yards in the spring game, including one which landed inside the 20. Going into fall camp he’ll battle Michael Almond for the starting punter job.

2016 Stats: N/A

#85 Michael Almond: RS Sophomore / 6’3’’ / 229 / North Augusta, SC / Westminster

Almond actually received playing time last year when Kelly was hurt in the Birmingham Bowl, getting off two punts for 48 and 40 yards. The preseason two-deep has Almond listed along side Charlton to battle for the starting punter spot. In the spring game he had one punt for 41 yards which landed inside the 20.

2016 Stats: N/A


Holders & Long Snappers

#17 Danny Gordon: RS Junior / 6’0’’ / 211 / Worthington, Ohio / Worthington

Gordon, a former Miami (Ohio) quarterback, will handle the holding duties in 2017 according to the preseason two-deep. He’ll also serve once again as the scout team quarterback.

#45 Ben Asbury: RS Junior / 5’10’’ / 210 / Atlanta, Ga. / Holy Innocents Episcopal

Served as a backup in 2016 and will compete for time at long snapper with Harrison Freeman.

#46 Harrison Freeman: RS Freshman / 6’4’’ / 224 / Raleigh, NC / Leesville Road

Served as a backup in 2016 and will compete for time at long snapper with Ben Asbury.