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August 3, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Huskies fall camp position preview: Specialists

Fall camp begins for the Huskies on Monday, and as we countdown to the start of Chris Petersen’s first season at Washington, we’ll preview each position leading up to the start of camp.

Today: Specialists

WHO’S GONE: Travis Coons was sensational in 2013 while pulling triple duty as the Huskies’ place-kicker, punter and kickoff specialist for most of 2013. He finished 15 of 16 on field-goal attempts — a 93.8 percent success rate that ranked first in the Pac-12 and fourth in the nation. Coons is now in training camp with the Tennessee Titans.

WHO’S BACK:

Kicker

— Cameron Van Winkle, so., 5-10, 180. As a true freshman,Van Winkle was the kickoff specialist until an October back injury forced him to miss the rest of the season. He returned for spring football.

Punter

Korey Durkee, jr., 6-4, 230. Handled holding duties in 2013 and was the only punter during spring ball.

Snapper

Ryan Masel, jr., 6-1, 199. Handled all of the special-teams snaps last season and you never heard his name mentioned, which means he did his job — and did it well.

Luke Hutchison, rs-fr., 6-2, 221

WHO’S NEW:

Tristan Vizcaino, fr., 6-2, 210, Chino Hills, Calif. (Damien HS)

Mitch Johnson, so., 6-1, 197, Bellevue (Bellevue HS/UCLA). Johnson participated in spring ball with the Huskies as a walk-on after spending the past two seasons at UCLA.

OUTLOOK: Not much depth here, but the feeling here is Van Winkle and Durkee would be fine as the primary kicker and punter, respectively. Vizcaino, though, figures to be a strong challenger for one starting jobs, if not both.

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