The Ohio State Buckeyes Preview Part III: Special Teams

Emily ThompsonCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2008

So I hope everyone has enjoyed my previews thus far. Now here is my breakdown of Special Teams.

Kicking Game:

Ohio State returns kicker SR Ryan Pretorius. Pretorius was 48-49 on PAT for the season and 18-23 on field goals. His career best was a 50-yard field goal last season vs. Penn State.

JR Aaron Pettrey handled the kickoffs for the Buckeyes last season, and was hampered by a hip flexor strain during first half of season.

On kick returns SR Maurice Wells and JR Ray Small with most likely get the start. Wells is most known as a running back behind Beanie Wells. He has breakaway speed and can turn the corner in the blink of an eye.

Small contributed as a true freshman last year and was constantly singled out by his teammates as being the next great Ohio State wide receiver.

Punting Game: 

SR A.J. Trepasso averaged 41.5 yards on 53 kicks and had 21 downed inside the 20. He was a Ray Guy Award semi-finalist. 

JR Brian Hartline averaged 11.4 yards on 20 punt returns last season. Had a 90-yard punt return for TD against Kent State. The punt return broke an Ohio State record set in 1950.

Maurice Wells and Ray Small could also be called to return here as well.

So there's my preview. Ohio State is strong at all levels. Look for them to make a run to the National Championship.