The only issues, it seems, are choosing a winner in the punting competition and finding a kickoff specialist. The punting job is one of those that doesn't really matter, of course. The coaches will pick a winner and if he does the job, fine. If not, they change punters. It's not as if they have to blend into a complex system.
The kickoff job is a little more complex.
"We just don't have a guy that can put it in the end zone,'' special teams coach Joe DeForest said. "So you have to be creative.''
That could be an ongoing issue, as it has been the last two years. Bitancurt and Smith were a revolving door in the job in both 2011 and 2012. The coverage changes depending upon how the kicker aims the ball on kickoffs, so that is likely to be a work in progress until it's sorted out.
As for the rest of the special teams - kick and punt coverage and returns, primarily - much of that will be sorted out in the next two weeks.
"Our special teams is not just the kicker, punter and returner. There's a lot that goes into the special teams,'' Holgorsen said. "You need a lot of depth to be able to be adequate or above average. And I like our depth. We have a lot of bodies that will be able to help us on special teams.''
The return spots are much like the wide receiver and running back corps. There's depth there - mainly because the returners come from primarily those two well-stocked positions - and it's just a matter of sorting it out.
Expect the first to get a shot to come from a group that includes receivers Ronald Carswell, Mario Alford, Jordan Thompson and Vernon Davis, along with running backs Charles Sims and Wendell Smallwood. Freshman cornerback Daryl Worley is another option, particularly if there is a desire to keep a defender on the field. Freshmen receivers Shelton Gibson and Jacky Marcellus could also line up back there, but could be redshirted, too.
"We have guys that will be able to do it and look comfortable back there,'' Holgorsen said. "But it's still up for grabs, though. We should have enough bodies to have different punt returners than we do kick returners, which is a skill I would like to develop.''
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