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Given Penn State's struggles in special teams when Fera is not in the lineup, this is one position that should not be overlooked. Penn State had a rough time trying to kick field goals at the start of the 2011 season, while Fera was kept off the field for disciplinary reasons, and it showed just how valuable he really is for the special teams.
Without Fera, Evan Lewis and Sam Ficken combined for two field goals out of seven attempts. Fera converted 14 of 17 attempts once he took the field.
Some say special teams is only noticeable when your team struggles with them. Without Fera, Penn State's special teams woes cannot possibly go unnoticed.
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