Special teams to be a rock with Bass and Bauerle kicking

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  • Redshirt junior kicker Tyler Bass (16) celebrates after a made field goal against Georgia State last season. Bass was named to the Lou Groza watch list for the best kickers in FBS. 

Kaitlin Sells

With big returning players to special teams this year like Tyler Bass, we should expect to see some big results this season.

Kicking-wise, Bass is pretty solid having made 80 percent of his field goals as he made 15 of 19 field goals attempted. To add onto that, out of the 15 made, 13 of those were from 40-49 yards out.

The redshirt junior was also an asset in kickoffs, averaging 64 yards per kickoff and accumulating 3457 yards throughout the season. Compared to the opponent’s average of 58.1 yards that’s pretty impressive.

Bass is also the only Sun Belt kicker to be named to the Lou Groza Award preseason watch list, so great things are expected of him this season.

Replacing Myles Campbell at punt returner for the Eagles is sophomore Wesley Kennedy III, who last season averaged 15.67 yards on punt returns as a true freshman. Kennedy was also a huge asset as a kickoff returner while he collected 70 yards total from the two kickoffs he returned.

Another old face coming back is redshirt sophomore Magill Bauerle who will be assumed to take the spot of punter Matt Flynn who was a redshirt senior last season and graduated.

But there are some new faces this year that will be sure to be an asset to the special teams, one of those being freshman Anthony Beck II. The punter holds every school record for punting from his alma matter South Effingham High as well as being named a 2017 all-state region 5A punter by Recruit Georgia.

There are big expectations from this season as a whole from the football team, but it looks like special teams are ready to fulfill their side of the bargain.

Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Assistant Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu