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James Casey Adds Special Teams Coordinator Role

Jan. 31, 2018

HOUSTON - Houston tight ends coach James Casey has added the role of special teams coordinator, head coach Major Applewhite announced Wednesday.

Casey, who is in his third year with the Houston program, had overseen the Cougars’ punt team and assisted with the kickoff return unit in 2017.

The Houston punt unit finished 2017 third in The American in net punting with a net return of 41.8 yards per punt while holding opponents to an average return of only 5.3 yards per return. Sophomore punter Dane Roy led the league with 25 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line while registering only five touchbacks on 58 attempts.

On kickoff returns, Houston was also third in the league with an average of 22.5 yards per return while the Cougars were second in the league and sixth nationally with four returns of at least 40 yards.

In 2018 Casey will benefit from the return of starters at punter (Roy), kicker (Caden Novikoff), holder (Mason McClendon) and long snapper (Nick Wildberger).

Casey originally joined the Houston program as an offensive analyst for the 2016 season before receiving the promotion to the tight ends position in 2017.


 

 

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