VIDEO PREVIEW: Taking a Look at Stanford's Special Teams

Aug. 27, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford's biggest concern on special teams is filling the void left in its kicking game with the graduation of Aaron Zagory, who made 14 of 17 field goal attempts last season while also handling the kickoff duties.

Sophomore Travis Golia (6-0, 192) and junior Nate Whitaker (5-9, 196), who joined the team at midseason last year after spending his first two seasons at Notre Dame, enter fall camp as the leading candidates for starting duty.

Golia handled kickoff chores early last season before giving way to Zagory. Whitaker has the edge in experience, as he held down placekicking duties for the Irish during the 2007 campaign. Sophomore David Green (6-1, 199) returns as punter after averaging 39.9 yards in 53 punts last season, good for seventh in the Pac-10.

The return game has options involving Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin and Chris Owusu.

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and assistant coach/special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin take a look at Stanford's special teams units heading into the 2009 season.


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