Via the Cedar Rapids Gazette
It's impossible to predict college football special teams, as they are fluid with so many underclassmen playing a major role.
On the other hand, after beginning his tenure in Iowa City with consistently outstanding special teams, Kirk Ferentz's special teams have been consistently inconsistent over the past six years.
This season, it will be tough to improve given a number of new faces.
Place kicker Mike Meyer began his sophomore campaign hitting 12-of-14 field goals before falling off, making only two of his final six.
Furthermore, he, and Iowa, ranked dead last in Big Ten touchback percentage on kickoffs with 5.88 percent.
Look for Meyer to maintain his place-kicking duties, but he will be pushed in the kickoff game by redshirt freshman walk-on Marshall Koehn.
Micah Hyde wasn't impressive on punt returns in 2011, and, speaking as a Hawkeye fan, I hope Kirk Ferentz opens up the competition for punt return duties. That said, Hyde is the only player on the team with collegiate punt return experience.
The top kick returner—Jordan Bernstine—has graduated, as has punter Eric Guthrie.
The punter will be true freshman Connor Kornbrath.
Kick-return duties are wide open, though receivers Keenan Davis and Kevonte Martin-Manley and running back Damon Bullock have collegiate returning experience. However, none of them have been impressive in limited opportunities, and all of them are too valuable to risk in the return game.
In effect, some true freshmen will have opportunities here.