The Hurricanes have been very strong on special teams in each of Al Golden's first two seasons at Miami -- especially last season. During the spring they were faced with a major challenge of finding replacements for a few of the players who made this unit so strong.
Sophomore Matt Goudis won the place kicking job during the spring, as expected. He will take over for Jake Wieclaw on both field goals and kickoffs. Goudis showed off a big leg this spring, which included a couple 50+ yard field goals.
The punter position was up in the air all of spring before receiving a big boost at the end of it when the news broke that Cincinnati senior Pat O'Donnell will be transferring to Miami for his senior season. He has already graduated, and still has one more year of eligibility so he will enroll at Miami this summer and play the 2013 season with the Hurricanes. It's great news for Miami because they still needed a starting punter, and O'Donnell has been one of the best in the Big East in each of the last two seasons.
Duke Johnson was one of the most explosive return specialists in all of college football last season. Due to his projected involvement in the offense this year, Johnson will likely take a lesser role in the return game this season. We started to see that in the spring. And when the coaches announced the final spring depth chart, the two kickoff return guys were Phillip Dorsett and Malcolm Lewis. Dorsett will also be the first player in line to return punts for the team this coming season.