Spring Game Preview: Special Teams

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    Bloomington, Ind. - Fans interested in getting an early preview of the Indiana football team can do so this Friday when the Hoosiers strap on the gear and take the field for the Spring Game at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. All this week, will breakdown this year's squad, starting with special teams.


           Senior kicker Bryan Robertson was a perfect 10-for-10 inside 40 yards as a junior in 2003 and finished the year successful on 12-of-18 field goal attempts. With 55 points, Robertson was Indiana's leading scorer. He converted on 19 of his 20 PAT attempts.
           Sophomore kicker Troy Grosfield returns after handling the kickoff duties for the Hoosiers in 2003, registering 13 touchbacks.
           Sophomore punter Tyson Beattie punted the ball 68 times with a 40.8-yard average, with 15 of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Beattie blasted an 80-yard punt at Minnesota for the fourth-longest punt in school history. Beattie also booted a 56-yarder at Michigan and a 55-yarder against Northwestern, however, his specialty is killing punts inside the 5-yard line, as he pinned opponents inside their own 5-yard line on six different occasions as a freshman.
           Senior long snapper Kyle Warriner is a story of perseverance. Warriner spent his first three years at Indiana as a walk-on, but was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2003 season.
           Playing a position where it is better not to get noticed, Warriner quietly saw action in all 12 games as a junior in 2003 with no troublesome snaps.
           Courtney Clency and Courtney Roby are the Hoosiers' top two kick returners. Clency returned eight kickoffs for a total of 166 yards in 2003 (20.8 average), including a career-long 51-yard return against Indiana State.
            Roby, who also competed for the Hoosiers' indoor track and field team this winter,  averaged 19.3 yards per return on 10 kickoff returns in 2003. In his first competitive track meet since high school, Roby turned in a 6.90 60-meter dash, the fastest by an IU sprinter all year.




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