2013 SDSU Football Season Preview: Special Teams

McMorrow kicks off

Seamus McMorrow, who recorded 33 touchbacks in 2012, will resume kickoff duties, and possibly more, in 2013. (Ernie Anderson/SDSU Media Relations)

Who’s gone

  • K Chance Marden

Projected starters (2012 stats)

  • K/P #17 Seamus McMorrow – So., 5-foot-11, 190 pounds (Punting: 41.7 yard average, 13 punts inside 20 ; Kickoffs: 33 touchbacks)
  • LS #60 Jeff Overbaugh – So., 6-foot-2, 240 pounds (52-52 on PATs, 14-14 on field goals, 48-48 on punts)
  • KR #24 Colin Lockett – RS Sr., 6-foot, 180 pounds (30 kickoff returns, 777 yards, two touchdowns, 25.9 yards per return)
  • PR #41 Tim Vizzi – RS Sr., 5-foot-10, 170 pounds (13 punt returns, 95 yards, 7.3 yards per return)

Key reserves/Players to watch

  • P #77 Joel Alesi – RS Jr., 6-foot, 235 pounds – If punting and kicking duties appear to be too much for McMorrow, expect Alesi to take over as the punter. Alesi saw action in two games in 2012 and punted six times for an average of 43.5 yards per punt, so he is a very reliable option if needed.
  • K #49 Wes Feer – Sr., 5-foot-11, 205 pounds – Similar to the Alesi option, San Diego State could try the combination of McMorrow at punter and Feer at kicker. A junior college transfer, Feer joined the team in the spring of 2012, and he will be determined to compete for the kicking job in his final season.
  • KR #33 Brandon Wright – RS So., 5-foot-11, 205 pounds – In the final three games of the 2012 season, teams were often afraid to kick the ball to Lockett due to his big playmaking ability. Keep an eye on Wright, as he will likely be on the field for kickoff returns as the second return man. Opposing teams may look to kick the ball in his direction to play it safe and avoid Lockett.

2013 Commitments
Currently, San Diego State has no commitments at punter, kicker, or long snapper.

Analysis
For a team replacing its entire kicking and snapping unit, San Diego State exceeded expectations with above average special teams play in 2012. McMorrow and Overbaugh proved to be great finds by the coaching staff, as both came in and played extremely well as true freshmen.

McMorrow was nearly flawless on kickoffs in the second half of the season, recording a touchback almost every time. Look for him to keep the kickoff job in 2013, and possibly be the starting punter and kicker as well. If all three appear to be too much for McMorrow, expect the coaching staff to flirt with the combination of Alesi at punter and McMorrow at kicker or McMorrow at punter and Feer at kicker.

In the return game, playmakers Lockett and Vizzi return in 2013 to lead what should be a key component of the Aztecs’ special teams. Lockett nearly broke the school record for most kickoff return yards in a season in 2012, but was rarely kicked to in the final three games and missed opportunities. He is just 51 yards shy of surpassing the record of former San Diego State receiver Monty Gilbreath (1986-1989) for most career kickoff return yards in school history.

Prediction
McMorrow will have over 40 touchbacks on kickoffs in 2013.


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Stay tuned tomorrow for a preview on the wide receivers of the 2013 San Diego State Aztecs

by Hunter Hewitt

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Meet the Aztecs: Q&A with Seamus McMorrow

Photo Credit: Ernie Anderson/SDSU Media Relations

The fourth in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.

Seamus McMorrow is a 5-foot-11, 190 pound kicker and punter. A local product, McMorrow went to St. Augustine High School in San Diego. He comes to San Diego State after a successful high school career where he was named All-CIF kicker of the year in the San Diego Section for his efforts during his senior season.

McMorrow has a powerful leg, and his versatility in both the kicking and the punting game makes him a valuable asset to have.

McMorrow may be counted on immediately due to the departures of both former kicker Abel Perez and former punter Brian Stahovich. He will compete for the starting job at both kicker and punter leading up to the 2012 season.

GoAztecs.com player profile
Rivals recruiting page 

Q: Why did you choose SDSU?
A: I chose SDSU because this is my hometown. I feel very comfortable here and I don’t want to live anywhere else. It’s great weather and my family played a big role in me staying. I just love San Diego and the football team is coming up.

Q: How were the summer workouts for you?
A: They are definitely hard. I went to the Navy SEALs once and had to do some training with them, but other than that this is the hardest training I have ever done in my life.

Q: Have you picked your major yet?
A: My major is business management. If football doesn’t work out I hope to someday open a business and work on my own.

Q: What are you most excited for leading up to your first semester at San Diego State?
A: The football season so I can get on the field and show them what I have.

Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: I like to go fishing and hunting. I like to hang out with my friends and just have a good time.

Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: I like the San Diego Chargers and the Los Angeles Lakers. I also like the Oakland Raiders.

Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: I don’t really try to model my game after anybody. I try to do my own thing. My favorite athletes are Michael Jordan and Cristiano Ronaldo, though.

Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: I would be playing soccer. I played it for three years in high school.

Q: Since you are from San Diego, what is your favorite thing about the city?
A: My favorite things are probably the beach and just summer time in San Diego. I like to surf.

Q: What is the farthest field goal you have ever made in a game and in practice?
A: I made a 58-yarder my junior year against Scripps Ranch High School. In practice, I made a 65-yarder once.


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