Do we have any burners this year? With them moving the kick offs back, the return game will be more imporatant than ever. I for one am sick of being demoralized by watching an undersized punt/kick returner being massacred every return. With the new rules, a returner specialist is worth a scholie. I hope the Chiz era takes all special teams up a notch. Special teams seemed to be the biggest weakness of the previous staff. There were a few bright spots over the years but the threat of a big return or blocked kick was hardly a constant.
The kickoff return and coverage teams will be very critical this year. Don't be surprised to see some of our best players (starters) on these teams. Some of the better college coaches have been doing this for some time...Nick Saban, for example, always had some starters on these teams...Michael Clayton (starting wide receiver a few years ago) was tremendous on kickoff coverage...a real "head-hunter".
I cheer for two teams, Iowa State and whoever is playing the hawkeyes.
Deandre did pretty good for us last year on returns, I also remember seeing Moses have some good returns. I wonder how this new staff will put people on special teams. Last year we used mostly all skilled players on the field, receivers on the front line and such, does anybody know if they will do that this year are use bigger bodies for blocking.
Heck we should have had a great return game - we certainly had enough chances at it! In all seriousness, teams that don't have a great leg kicking the ball deep are going to have to find creative ways on not letting their opponents start consistently past the 30 yard line.
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