MACOMB, Il. (WGEM) -- After only a few days of practice in his first season as head coach of Western Illinois Football, Bob Nielson made it clear at Monday's media day session that special teams has been a priority at Camp Leatherneck.
Nielson says his team has spent nearly one-third of practice time on the different phases of the kicking game.
Redshirt-freshman and Central-Southeastern product Nathan Knuffman appears to be the leader in the club house to handle kicking duties for the Necks this fall.
Knuffman tells WGEM Sports that spending a year behind former QND Raider Pat Smith, who transferred to Nebraska following the 2012 season, gave him valuable experience toward the college game.
Nielson went on to say that Knuffman has the rare opportunity to not only be the Leatherneck place kicker this fall, but also handle the punting duties as well, which is a rare commodity in today's game.