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The Lowdown: 2020 Special Teams

Oct 10, 2020

Throughout fall camp, UtahUtes.com will feature "The Lowdown" on each position group on the field.

THE LOWDOWN
Utah's special teams game is looking strong as the unit enters the 2020 season with its starter at placekicker, punter, snapper and punt returning all coming back.

HEADLINERS RETURNING
Known to Ute fans as a player "out of a video game," junior All-Pac-12 return specialist Britain Covey is back from injury and ready to wow the crowd in Rice-Eccles Stadium this year. The Utes also will welcome sophomore punter Ben Lennon and sophomore kicker Jadon Redding back to the field this year after putting together solid freshman campaigns in 2019.

PRE-CAMP SPECIAL TEAMS DEPTH CHART

Kicker GP
97 | Jadon Redding (5-11, 190, So.) 14
67 | Jordan Noyes (5-10, 209, Fr.) 0
Punter GP
33 | Ben Lennon (6-2, 213, So.) 14
33 | Jared March (5-11, 192, R-Fr.) 0
Kickoffs GP
67 | Jordan Noyes (5-10, 209, Fr.) 0
97 | Jadon Redding (5-11, 190, So.) 0
Snapper GP
93 | Keegan Markgraf (6-3, 225, Sr.) 28
48 | Noah Rodriguez-Trammell (6-2, 200, Jr.) 8
Kickoff Returner GP
18 | Britain Covey (5-8, 172, Jr.) 29
1 | Bryan Thompson (6-2, 207, Jr.) 28
Punt Returner GP
18 | Britain Covey (5-8, 172, Jr.) 29
0 | Jaylen Dixon (5-9, 170, Jr.) 28

COACH KYLE WHITTINGHAM SAYS
"We're in a much different place with our specialists than we were a year ago when we were replacing a kicker and punter, both of whom were drafted by NFL teams. However, that's not to say there won't be competition at those positions this year. Jadon Redding handled the majority of the placekicking duties last season and will be competing with several others to keep the job and punter Ben Lennon will be expected to make a big leap in his upcoming sophomore season. Having Britain Covey back at full strength will give our return game a dynamic, experienced weapon as well."

QUICK HITS ON UTAH'S SPECIAL TEAMS
 
Jadon Redding // Placekicker // Fredericksburg, Va.
Played in all 14 games as a true freshman in 2019 … ranked sixth in the Pac-12 in kick scoring (6.1 ppg) … was one of three kickers in the league who did not miss a PAT, going 56-of-56 to tie the school record for PATs made in a season … went 10-of-13 on field goals with a long of 42 yards vs. Oregon State … season-high 7-of-7 on PATs against Oregon State as well … was a two-time all-state selection at Colonial Forge HS.
 

Jordan Noyes // Placekicker // Higham, Kent (England)
Played American football in England along with soccer, rugby and gymnastics … his cousin married former Ute All-American kicker Matt Gay, creating a friendship between the two.
 


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Ben Lennon // Punter // Viewbank, Australia
Started all 14 games as a true freshman in 2019, landing 20 punts inside the 20-yard line, including nine at or inside the 10-yard line … averaged 40.9 yards per punt (44 punts, 1800 yards) … had three punts for 50-plus yards, including a season-long 62-yarder against Northern Illinois … season high seven punts for 330 yards and a 47.1 average against Texas … played four seasons of Australia Rules Football in the Australian Football League prior to Utah.

Jared March // Punter // Twin Falls, Idaho
Walk-on joined the team in the spring of 2019, redshirting last season … was a four-time all-conference kicker at Canyon Ridge HS in Idaho … also earned first-team all-conference as a punter his senior season … made 21 PATs his senior year while averaging 31.1 yards per punt.

Keegan Markgraf // Snapper // Hamilton, Ontario
Has played in 28 career games, starting 20 at either short or long snapper … started as a walk-on, earning a scholarship in 2019 … was a part of 119 snaps in 2019 (45 punt, 15 field goal, 58 PAT) … earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District and Pac-12 All-Academic … transferred from Central Michigan.
 

Britain Covey // Return Specialist // Provo, Utah
Two-time All-Pac-12 returner … ranks sixth all-time at Utah in career punt returns (55) and is eighth in punt return yards (536) … redshirted in 2019, recording three kick returns for 52 yards and nine punt returns for 69 yards … 221 punt return yards and 144 kick return yards in 2018 … career-long 38-yard kick return against USC in 2018 … career-long 77-yard punt return against Fresno State in 2015 as a freshman, returning it for a touchdown.