Brenton King took over primary kicking duties in the middle of last season and gave a small spark to a unit that needed it.
What He Did In 2017:
Brenton King spent most of spring 2017 battling a lower-body injury and backed up Sean Davis in place-kicking duties until Davis was injured making a tackle during the Miami game. King finished the season going 5-6 on field goals and 15-16 on extra points with a 59.3-yard kick off average. He ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 30 points.
King made his first five field goals of the season against North Carolina, Miami, Clemson and two against Wake Forrest. The Wake Forrest game included a 42 yarder that was the longest of the season for the team. His only miss was a 43 yarder against Virginia Tech at home. King was one of the nine true freshmen that saw action for the Jackets in 2017.
What To Expect In 2018:
In 2018 the best that anyone can hope for in the kicking game is consistency. Consistency in the kicking itself and in the coverage units. We do not exactly know yet where King is going to be in terms of his role in the special teams, but I feel like he has more than ample opportunity to increase his accuracy and the all-around ability for longer kicks that may become critical for this season.
My prediction is that King will continue to handle the kicking duties purely based off of his role at the end of last year. He was a stabling force for the kicking game after Davis got hurt and that experience will be enough to propel him into the starting role for the season.
I do predict a short leash however for whoever gets the starting nod. Even if he is not the starter out of camp, he could always see more opportunities during the season.
No matter what happens I think we can all agree that special teams needs to be better this season and we are all pulling for King to have a big year for the Jackets.