Auburn Football: Scouting the Ole Miss Defense and Special Teams

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Oct 4, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels kicker Gary Wunderlich (97) after a field goal during the first half against Alabama Crimson Tide at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Special Teams

The best special teams unit this season for the Rebels has been the punt team. Redshirt freshman punter Will Gleeson – the reigning SEC Special Teams Player of the Week – ranks fourth in the SEC and 22nd in the country with an average of 44.3 yards per punt. The Australian has punted 38 times this season, and has kept opponents inside their own 20-yard line 20 times, including four of his six punts last week against LSU.

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Kicker Gary Wunderlich hasn’t been called on all that often this year, and only earned the starting job three weeks ago, but has connected on three of four field goals and all 12 extra points he’s attempted this year. The true freshman was one of the highest-rated kicking recruits in the nation last year, and replaced Andrew Fletcher prior to the game against Texas A&M. Thirteen of Wunderlich’s 35 kickoffs have gone for touchbacks.

In the return game, Jaylen Walton and Mark Dodson have handled kick return this season. Both are capable of picking up big yards, but they haven’t had many opportunities so far. Walton has averaged 25.1 yards on seven kick returns, including a 40-yarder, and Dodson has gained 92 yards on three returns, including a long of 54 yards. Markell Pack handles the bulk of the punt returns. He has averaged 4.6 yards on ten returns, but does have a 24-yarder.

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