2014 Tiger Football Position-by-Position Preview: Special Teams
Part eight in a ten part series previewing the 2014 St. Xavier Football Tigers: Special Teams
With Football being a game of inches, every phase of the game is extremely important to the outcome of the game. Many times, the Special Teams unit is over looked as a key component to a championship team. At any level, it is teams with great special teams play that usually sets them apart from average teams and puts them on the same level as great teams. This year’s Tiger Football team has arguably one of the best Special Teams groups it has had in recent memory.
Jack Werner 6’3, 185 lbs. Sr.
Ben Logsdon 6’3, 160 lbs. Sr.
Mason King 6’4, 178 lbs. Sr.
Michael Bennett 5’8, 155 lbs. Sr.
Kicker Ben Logsdon said he is most likely “three weeks away” from being 100 percent after battling mono. The sickness caused his spleen to rupture, which required emergency surgery. However, he is recovering and will be back on the field.
Logsdon’s kicking on the field will be limited to extra points early this season once he has fully recovered from the surgery, but seeing #15 run out there to finish off a drive will be a moment Tiger Nation will remember.
Fellow senior Michael Bennett will handle the kickoff responsibilities and longer distance field goal kicking for the Tigers. Bennett holds the nickname “Big Foot” because of his smaller stature, but tremendous kicking ability.
Punting for the Tigers this year will be Mason King, and his great power will be a weapon for St. X. Getting things started in the punting game will be long snapper Jack Werner. Werner is a great talent at the long snapping position and could see interest from colleges if he decides to pursue the game of football any further because of his length and developing speed.
All in all, it is safe to say that the Tiger Football team’s special teams unit is one of the best in the state and will keep the Tigers in a lot of games and potentially win them in the clutch moments of the season. Look for big things out of this group in the fall.
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