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Spartan trio in running for CFPA special teams awards

The College Football Performance Awards have listed three Michigan State players on their watch list for special teams awards.

Junior Mike Sadler was nominated for punter of the year, junior Nick Hill is a candidate for punt returner of the year, while senior Kevin Muma is a nominee for kickoff specialist of the year.

Sadler, an All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore, led the conference and ranked 21st nationally with a 43.3 yards per punt average last season. He placed 39 percent of his punts inside the 20-yard line, and 22 percent inside the 10-yard line. Sadler had 19 punts of at least 50 yards last season, which led the Big Ten.

Hill returned eight punts for 71 yards (8.9 average) last season for the Spartans and had a long return of 31 yards. He began the season as the punt returner before Andre Sims Jr. took over that role in October. Hill has been MSU’s primary kick returner the past two years.

Muma ranked 17th nationally with a 63.2 yard average on kickoffs.

MSU begins practices on Aug. 3, and will face Western Michigan in its season opener at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 (Big Ten Network).

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