Preseason Camp Preview: ST
Who's back: The Ducks return a couple of key primary specialists in placekicker Camden Lewis, returners Travis Dye and Mykael Wright, and long snapper Karsten Battles. Lewis had a defining moment during his freshman season last fall by drilling the 26-yard kick that beat Washington State as time expired. That was part of a 4-of-8 season for Lewis inside 30 yards, so consistency from that range will be a point of emphasis this fall.
Among the key guys who need to be replaced are punter Blake Maimone, punt returner Jevon Holland and coverage standouts Brady Breeze and Haki Woods Jr. Tom Snee is a two-year veteran of the program who will push to be the primary punter this year, and there should be no shortage of dynamic playmakers to field punts in the absence of Holland. The coverage teams usually provide the chance for younger guys to carve out a role, although Daewood Davis is a veteran who figures to be an impact player covering kicks and punts.
Who's new: Henry Katleman pushed Lewis in practice at placekicker last fall, and he has a huge leg that could be an asset on kickoffs if he can harness all that power. Taylor Koth has battled injuries and awaits his chance to challenge for a kicking role as well. They'll be joined by freshman Race Mahlum when camp begins. Snee has a new understudy in freshman Harrison Beattie, and Battles is backed up by veteran Peyton Yanagi and newcomer Jake Foggia.
Projected depth chart
PK: Camden Lewis, So.; Henry Katleman, So.; Taylor Koth, So.; Race Mahlum, Fr.
P: Tom Snee, RSo.; Harrison Beattie, Fr.
LS: Karsten Battles, Jr.; Peyton Yanagi, So.; Jake Foggia, Fr.
KOR: Travis Dye, Jr.; Mykael Wright, So.
PR: Travis Dye, Jr.
What to watch: Lewis and Snee are veterans with game experience under their belts, but both also have something to prove this preseason. Snee has the chance to win the punting job outright for the first time, and Lewis will look to hone his consistency from sharper angles at close range. Between Dye and Wright there are proven performers in the return roles, but no doubt this year's crop of newcomers includes more candidates to field kicks and punts, and also to run down on the coverage teams.