We’ve made it to the third and final part of this Penn State Special Teams series.

We’ve talked about the Penn State return game, as well as the kicker and punter for this upcoming year. The only real question we’ve faced so far is who will take over punt return duties in 2017.

There are two more big questions that need answers before this season starts. Who will act as the long snapper after Tyler Yazujian’s graduation and will Penn State fan favorite Joey Julius return to the team?

Long Snapper

Yazujian, or as he was known to his teammates and to fans, Yaz, was as routine as long snappers come. Yaz was the starting long snapper for three years, starting in 2014.

Despite being a nameless and thankless position compared to the others around him, with the average fan only taking notice on rare miscues, the absence of Yaz is huge for Penn State.

The most commonly mentioned name in the small hat of possible replacements is redshirt junior Kyle Vasey. Zach Ladonis is another possible candidate.

Ladonis, a redshirt senior, is the only one out of the two with any college experience. Ladonis walked on the team in 2013 and snapped punts in five games that season. He lost the starting job to Yaz a year later due to a season ending injury.

Either way, Penn State faithful should hope that the decision is made soon so that Blake Gillikin and Tyler Davis have as long as possible to get comfortable.

Kickoff Specialist

It’s rare for teams nowadays to have designated kickoff specialists, but after the last couple of seasons and many highlights, Joey “Big Toe” Julius has found a place in our hearts.

Not only for breaking the “typical kicker” mold but as an extra tackler on kickoffs, if the return man is foolish enough to try to return it out of the end zone.

 

The big question will be whether Julius decides to rejoin the team. He recently announced that he is back in a treatment center to help him overcome his eating disorder.

Hello friends and family. I just wanted to let everyone know since I have been asked a bunch why I was not at blue white…

Joey Julius 发布于 2017年5月5日

In no way shape or form would I rather see him on the field instead of helping make himself better. I’m sure that every Penn Stater feels the same way.

Julius is an inspiration to all of us, and we wish him all the best on his journey to recovery.

We’d all love to see you back in the basic blues come the fall Joey, but your wellbeing is more important.

 

 

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Editor in Chief and Big Ten Department Head | The Armchair All-Americans LLC
Born and raised in State College, Pa., I’ve bled Blue and White my whole life. Now 22 years old, I graduated from Penn State with a degree in sports broadcast journalism with the class of 2019. I’ve been living my dream of covering all Nittany Lion sports in a variety of forms – from in the booth to on a mic, on paper and on the air. That said, during the summer I cover Boston and New England teams, sometimes live-tweeting games @ButlerOnTheAir. With a family full of New Englanders I was raised a Boston fan. No bandwagon here. Hopefully I represent my allegiances well. I love the extraordinary: switch hitters/pitchers, knuckleballers, or anyone with an interesting story. I get incredibly worked up about impressive or rare stats in sports. I hope you enjoy my work!
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Editor in Chief and Big Ten Department Head | The Armchair All-Americans LLC
Born and raised in State College, Pa., I’ve bled Blue and White my whole life. Now 22 years old, I graduated from Penn State with a degree in sports broadcast journalism with the class of 2019. I’ve been living my dream of covering all Nittany Lion sports in a variety of forms – from in the booth to on a mic, on paper and on the air. That said, during the summer I cover Boston and New England teams, sometimes live-tweeting games @ButlerOnTheAir. With a family full of New Englanders I was raised a Boston fan. No bandwagon here. Hopefully I represent my allegiances well. I love the extraordinary: switch hitters/pitchers, knuckleballers, or anyone with an interesting story. I get incredibly worked up about impressive or rare stats in sports. I hope you enjoy my work!

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