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Nolan Bieck is vying for the starting placekicking job again this fall.
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Football Preview Video Series Concludes With Special Teams, Final Overview

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 09/06/2013
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In the final segment of the 2013 Princeton Football preview video series, the panel discusses special teams, the parity within the league and other final observations before the Sept. 21 season opener.

Princeton returns two potential kickers in junior Brendan Sofen and sophomore Nolan Bieck, the latter of whom served as the Tigers' placekicker throughout the 2012 season. It will need to replace both punter Joe Cloud, a multiple All-Ivy honoree, and long snapper Jason Tiemeier, and freshmen Tyler Roth and Pat Hall are potential candidates for both spots.

Sophomore Anthony Gaffney returns as a first-team All-Ivy League returner — the first time he touched the ball in an Ivy game, he returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown — while Matt Costello also returns as a potential punt returner.

Special teams can often decide one or two close games per season, and in a league expected to have great parity, those games may be the difference between a championship and a spot in the pack.

You can watch the preview series video, which includes PrincetonTigersFootball.com writer Jay Greenberg and Princeton radio commentator Dan Loney, by clicking on the play link on the image above. If you are receiving this as an email newsletter, please note that you will need to access this on GoPrincetonTigers.com to view the video.

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