Ranking the SEC’s specialists for 2013

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Special teams is an often overlooked aspect of the game that is crucial in the SEC. Teams’ fight for field position is a massive aspect of winning games. It’s tough to sustain long drives against SEC defenses, and punting and place kicking are a crucial aspect to a winning formula.

Let’s dive into the SEC’s best for 2013…

Punters

1. Drew Kaser, Texas A&M (SO): The Aggies have a punter? You better believe it, and he’s a great one. Kaser led the SEC, averaging 47.4 yards per punt on 44 punts. Kaser can boom it, and he’s just a sophomore.

2. Cody Mandell, Alabama (SR): Mandell was good for Alabama and was a first-team All-SEC performer. He averaged slightly less than Kaser with 47.1 yards per punt.

3. Steven Clark, Auburn (SR): Clark may not have averaged in the top five in punting average, but he was so crucial down the stretch to Auburn’s championship run. Clark pinned Alabama, Missouri and FSU deep in their own territory. He averaged 42.6 yards per punt.

4. Michael Palardy, Tennessee (SR): Palardy showed in 2013 why he was one of the top specialists exiting high school, and he handled the punting and kicking for Tennessee. Palardy averaged 44.5 yards per punt, including his 69-yarder.

5. Tyler Campbell, Ole Miss (SR): Campbell finished fourth in the SEC, averaging 44.4 yards per punt, including his longest of 75 yards. There was only one punt longer in 2013.

Kickers

1. Marshall Morgan, Georgia (SO): Morgan was money in 2013, making 47 of 47 PATs and 22 of 24 field goals, good for over 92 percent. Morgan was the only SEC kicker to average over two attempts per game.

2. Zach Hocker, Arkansas (SR): Hocker was money his entire career at Arkansas, and he made 28 of 28 PATs this season, along with 13 of 15 field goal tries. The Hogs will miss him next season.

3. Colby Delahoussaye, LSU (FR): Delahoussaye had a great season for LSU, making 56 of 57 PATs and 13 of 14 field goals. The best part about it? He’s just a freshman, and LSU will have consistency at the position for three more years.

4. Joe Mansour, Kentucky (SR): Mansour made 28 of 30 PATs and 12 of 14 field goal attempts in 2013, good for 85.7 percent.

5. Elliot Fry, South Carolina (FR): Fry is the second freshman on the list, and he joined the team as a walk-on. Fry made 54 of 55 PATs and 15 of 18 field goal attempts.

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