CollegeFootballNews.com Preview 2017: All-America Special Teams
Who are the best special teamers coming into the college football season? Check out the CFN Preseason All-America Special Teams
2017 CFN Preseason First Team All-American Special Teams
PK – Daniel Carlson, Sr. Auburn
One of the biggest blasting kickers in college football over the last three seasons, the 6-4, Carlson has hit 69 of 83 career field goal tries and all 141 extra point attempts. With one of the biggest legs in the country, he’s a next-level bomber, connecting on 11-of-14 field goals from beyond 40 yards last season with four coming from beyond 50.
P – Mitch Wisnowski, Jr. Utah
In a strong year for punters, the 6-2, 220-pound Australian native stands out just a wee bit from a crowded pack. He not only averaged 47.7 yards per kick, but he put 30 inside the 20 with a mere two touchbacks. He came up with a 50-yarder in every game but one last season.
KR – Kylen Towner, Sr. WKU
A smallish, quick return man who set the FBS record for the best average in a season, he came up with a 40.3-yard average with a return of 50 yards or more in six games including a 93-yarder for a score against Marshall. He’s not a bad punt returner, either, averaging almost ten yards per try.
PR – Quadree Henderson, Jr. Pitt
He might be too valuable a receiver and running back to risk getting hurt on special teams, but he’s also too good a returner to not get the ball in his hands whenever possible. Lightning quick, he averaged 30.5 yards per kickoff return last season with a nation-high three touchdowns, while averaging close to 16 yards per punt return with a score.
2017 CFN Preseason Second Team All-American Special Teams
PK – Gary Wunderlich, Sr. Ole Miss
22-of-23 field goals last season – led the nation in field goal percentage
P – Johnny Townsend, Sr. Florida
Led the nation in punting, averaging 47.89 yards per try on 64 punts putting 29 inside the 20
KR – Quadree Henderson, Jr. Pitt
Finished fifth in the country averaging 30.47 yards per try with a nation-leading three scores
PR – Darius Phillips, Sr. Western Michigan
Not just an elite, all-star defensive back, he averaged 11.74 yards per punt return with a score on 19 tries
2017 CFN Preseason Third Team All-American Special Teams
PK – Emmit Carpenter, Jr. Minnesota
22-of-24 field goals last season, hitting all ten tries from beyond 40 yards.
P – Michael Dickson, Jr. Texas
Third in the nation in punting last season, he averaged 47.37 yards per try with 25 inside the 20.
KR – Byron Pringle, Jr. Kansas State
Averaged 28.65 yards per return with a touchdown
PR – Dante Pettis, Sr. Washington
If he continues to return punts – he should be too valuable as a No. 1 wide receiver – he’ll continue to be deadly after averaging 11.48 yards per try with two scores