GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The ECU football special teams unit is having an "outstanding" preseason camp, according to ECU football head coach Mike Houston.
"I could not be more pleased," said Houston of his special teams unit after practice Friday. "Jake [Verity] and Jonn [Young] have been really solid throughout the beginning of fall camp, and I think that we're blessed to have two guys handling those two spots that we believe in and trust."
Coach Houston implemented a new special teams specific drill during Friday morning's practice to go over everything from onside kicks to kickoff returns, kickoff coverage, punt returns, and punt coverage.
Junior placekicker Jake Verity was named to the 2019 Lou Groza watch list, which highlights the nation's best boot. Verity missed just two field goals all of last season (19-of-21).
Jonn Young is also a junior, and he is one of the top returning punters in the American Athletic Conference.
During Saturday's scrimmage, Young averaged nearly 40 yard per punt, while Verity connected on both field goal tries and all four PATs. Verity's longest kick was from 41 yards out.
"Jonn and Jake, I thought they both had outstanding days today," said Houston after Saturday's scrimmage. "You know, Jake was perfect on the day today. He had a couple of pretty long field goals. Jonn did a good job of handling the punting duties against a live rush. So I was pleased with our special teams work today."
Special Teams Coordinator Roy Tesh has also been very impressed by the pair's consistency during camp.
"Despite the fact that they blew up the twittersphere with Jonn's mustache, those guys have been working hard," added Tesh after practice Friday. "They really have. We're really excited to have those two young men. They're very professional. They come to work everyday. They enjoy getting out here and getting after it. They push the other specialist to become better, and they'll get in there and mix it up a little bit. I think they've been in some tackling drills here that they haven't been in the past, and they're enjoying playing. So we're really excited them."