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    "Watch for this disparity to show up most readily in special teams, where the Cyclones field one of the nation's worst kickoff and punt coverage units"

    I didnt know we where bad at this at all but I guess I havent looked at the stats? Any thoughts on this??



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    Re: Another Husker Post

    Quote Originally Posted by HtownCyclone View Post
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    "Watch for this disparity to show up most readily in special teams, where the Cyclones field one of the nation's worst kickoff and punt coverage units"

    I didnt know we where bad at this at all but I guess I havent looked at the stats? Any thoughts on this??

    He's right, but...........

    ISU is 103rd in punt return defense and 112th in kickoff return defense.

    But.............

    Nebraska is 96th and 103rd in same categories.



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    Re: Another Husker Post

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    He's right, but...........

    ISU is 103rd in punt return defense and 112th in kickoff return defense.

    But.............

    Nebraska is 96th and 103rd in same categories.

    Up until now I thought we were good, I must have just been thinking of the yards punted stat and of none of the return yardage. Ho-hum



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    Re: Another Husker Post

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    He's right, but...........

    ISU is 103rd in punt return defense and 112th in kickoff return defense.

    But.............

    Nebraska is 96th and 103rd in same categories.
    And the team kick/punt return (receiving) rankings are:

    Kick Return Avg:
    Nebraska - 12th (25.5 ypr)
    Iowa State - 66th (21.5 ypr)

    Punt Return Avg:
    Nebraska - 15th (14.3 ypr)
    Iowa State - 36th (10.5 ypr)



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    Re: Another Husker Post

    I think these stats are really skewed by the Utah game which was an outlier as far as our special teams play.

    If I remember correctly before that game we had given up a cumulative 0 punt return yards.



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    Re: Another Husker Post

    but it seems like half of our kicks aren't even returned anyway..a lot have ended up in the back of the endzone



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    Re: Another Husker Post

    Our punt and kick return defenses are a bit skewed due to the Utah game. I'm still having Shaky Smithson nightmares.



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    Re: Another Husker Post

    Quote Originally Posted by HtownCyclone View Post
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    "Watch for this disparity to show up most readily in special teams, where the Cyclones field one of the nation's worst kickoff and punt coverage units"

    I didnt know we where bad at this at all but I guess I havent looked at the stats? Any thoughts on this??
    Our punt return ranking is very misleading. The Utah game absolutely kills us and if you remove that game, we are top 30 with a 6.83/ return average. Punt return ranking also doesn't include how many have not been returned. Kirby has punted 47 times and has only had 18 returned.

    We haven't been good at kick return defense but we have to score for that to be a big factor. If we are scroing then that is a good thing


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    Re: Another Husker Post

    Quote Originally Posted by istater7 View Post
    but it seems like half of our kicks aren't even returned anyway..a lot have ended up in the back of the endzone
    43 kick offs. 31 rturned. 12 touchbacks


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    Re: Another Husker Post

    The Utah game pretty much destroyed our stats.



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    Re: Another Husker Post

    The article shows the writer doesn't know much about ISU. The special teams kick coverage is not an issue with ISU ('cept for Utah as others have pointed out) and he also mentioned that we're not fundamentally sound in our tackling technique due to attempting to create turnovers.

    The writer must have last watched an ISU coached by Chizik. I believe CPR said we only had 5 missed tackles against Kansas and had good tackling numbers against Texas as well.

    The key to this game is our ability to stop the run against NU and the ability to get good gains on 1st down when wer're on offense. Those two "keys" will determine the outcome, not ISU's "poor" tackling or kick coverage.



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    Re: Another Husker Post

    I know nebbie's kickoff guy gets a crapload of touchbacks.


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    Re: Another Husker Post

    Well let them think these are weak spots, I see no problem with that.



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