Pam Pack special teams look strong

Published 8:58 pm Thursday, August 18, 2011

It’s often overlooked until it wins or looses a game, but special teams is a vital part of any football squad and this year Washington is hoping this unit can have a major impact on the team’s success.
In high school, having a dependable kicker is a luxury and right now returning place kicker Jack Rodman, along with up and coming kicker Will Cutler, look like a pair of BMWs.
Rodman, who made the WDN all-area team as a sophomore, enters his junior year looking to build on a stellar 2010 season.
“Jack Rodman is back and he has a very good leg,” Sawyer said. “We also have another young man coming up from JV named Will Cutler who will compete for some kicking duties. … But Jack Rodman has experience and his leg is looking good; he is strong punting and kicking. I’m really excited about our special teams.”
So far this camp Sawyer has been impressed with both his kickers’ range.
“Our field goal range is in the 30-35 yard range for both Rodman and Cutler,” Sawyer said. “I feel like if we are looking at a 30-yard field goal we might give these guys a shot because they have the leg to do it. … Three points is big, you only have to win by one.”
While the kicking game looks strong, it’s the return game that needs the biggest boost. Washington has lagged in its return ability and Sawyer hopes that trend will end this season.
“At kick returner we’re looking for Keane Graham and Quashon Davis to do that, along with D.J. Bell,” Sawyer said. “That’s one thing we have to do, we have to get in the end zone with special teams this year. We haven’t run a punt or kickoff back in two or three years and we’re looking to change that.”
One person who has the ability to change that is the shifty Graham, who has deceptive speed and elusiveness.
“Keane has good field vision, he’s able to see the field really well,” Sawyer said. “He’s not super fast, but he has quick feet and can cut and move and that’s what makes him good on special teams.”