2011 special teams analysis

Heading into the 2011 season, twenty-five BCS programs return the combination of their starting place-kicker and punter.  On the flip side, seventeen programs must replace both their starting place-kicker and punter.

Several off-season coaching changes will lead to a different identity on special teams at several places.

In the off-season, Dabo Swinney and Mack Brown split up the special teams responsibilities amongst the staff. Steve Spurrier hired former Minnesota special teams coordinator John Butler when Shane Spurrier departed for Virginia Tech.

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When Joe Robinson left LSU for North Carolina, Les Miles hired former NY Giants assistant special teams coach Thomas McGaughey as the new special teams coordinator at LSU.  Robinson was honored as the FootballScoop Special Teams Coordinator of the Year in 2010.

Some of the new special teams coordinators include Charles Bankins (Vanderbilt), Michael Barrow (Miami), Dan Ferrigno (Michigan), Lyndon Johnson (Maryland), Clayton White (UCONN), Mark Hagan (Indiana), J.D. Brookhart (Colorado), and Randall McCray (Pitt).

Here are the 25 programs that return the combination of starting kicker and punter:

ACC: Boston College, Clemson, FSU, Duke, Virginia

Big 12: Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas

Big East: UCONN, Louisville, South Florida

Big Ten: Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin

PAC-12: Cal, Oregon, and Washington

SEC: Georgia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State

Independent: Notre Dame 

Here are the 17 programs that must replace both starters from a year ago at place-kicker and punter:

ACC: Maryland, NC State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia Tech

Big 12: Kansas, Texas Tech

Big East: Pitt

Big Ten: Nebraska

PAC-12: Arizona State, Colorado, USC, Utah

SEC: Auburn, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee

Here are the 14 programs that return only the starting place-kicker:

Arizona, Baylor, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Missouri, Rutgers, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UNC, Wake Forest, Washington State, and West Virginia

Here are the 11 programs that return only the starting punter:

Cincinnati, Kansas State, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn State, Stanford, UCLA,