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Improvement in the kicking game could determine whether the Cougars go bowling

Gabe Marks looks to be a factor in the return game.
Gabe Marks looks to be a factor in the return game.
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ESPN.com took a look at Pac-12 North special teams this week and put WSU in the "we'll see" category. After ranking dead last in most categories in the kicking game, is there any hope for things to get better in 2015?

A couple things stand out as hopeful signs for this year. I think that the coaching staff's emphasis on recruiting speed and athleticism should show improvement on the coverage teams. Mike Leach also seems to be very high on Eric Mele, who is going into his first full season as special teams coach. With a full spring under his belt maybe things will start to come together.

As far as kicking and punting goes, the Cougars have to hope that 3-star recruit Matt Abramo is the real deal and can be solid in both areas after losing punter Jordan Dascalo in the spring. It's a big ask of a true freshman.

Veterans Gabe Marks and Jamal Morrow were handling kick return chores during the spring. Hopefully they can show more explosiveness than we have seen in the past in the return game. I'm curious to see what Marks does in particular.

Do you guys think the special teams will show substantial improvement next year? Will it be the difference between WSU going to a bowl game or not?

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