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Judging by opponent "long returns", which includes any kickoff return of at least 30 yards, we were 116th in the nation out of 124 eligible teams.
Now, yes, it's true that we kick the ball off way more than any other team, and sure, we're tied for 116th with talent-laden teams like Ohio St., Michigan and Texas, but those facts don't really support my theory that our special teams play was horrible so we won't focus on that.
Bottom line, we've got too many athletes to be 116th on that list. I don't care if we average 10 touchdowns a game. 30+ yard returns, especially with such a bad kicker, can swing the field position enough to really hurt us against a team with a good defense (where being backed up means more than just padding our stats).
I'm sure Chip and Nick weren't thrilled either.
This post was edited by illmatic88 17 months ago
Btw, last year we were 29th and in 2010 we finished 41st.
Agreed, we do and will get just as good PSA's we should be better. Our ST's should be way better next year. We used to hang our hat on Special Teams.
I just don't get how you go from 29th to 41st to 116th. I know it's an obscure category but still...
Also found it interesting that Ohio St., Michigan and Texas were all up there with us. That's four of the deepest teams (in terms of talent) in the country all sucking pretty bad in a significant area. Guess it didn't matter for Ohio St. but that's not something you wanna play around with. It's not inconsequential.
Most teams can kick it into the endzone at least 50% of the time and get touchbacks, thus limiting return yardage. I feel like we could count the number of kickoffs that crossed the goal line on one hand, let alone the amount of touchbacks. Alejandro is just not a good kicker whatsoever. What in the world happened to Rob Beard? He just lost his spot that he did well at to such a completely bad kicker.
This post was edited by Roscoe7 17 months ago
Apparently, when Wogan came camping here at Oregon, I heard that Chip told him if he could nail a 60 yard FG that he would offer a schollarship. Well we know how that went. Talk about ICE in the veins.
I wish in blowout games, they would try to get the kicker more game time reps rather than just trying to run out the clock. You can only simulate real pressure to an extent in practice. At least in game you have all the factors except for the game being on the line.
edit: Forgot to mention that Wogan and that jc transfer we got have big legs and can easily kick it out of the endzone. but i think the kickoffs were planned to be high kicks and as close to the goal line as possible to stop them inside the 20 rather then giving them the ball at the 25. IMO i would rather give the team the ball at the 25 everytime and make them go 75 yards than to risk a long return.
This post was edited by UWpoodlepuncher 17 months ago
What a baller. It's going to be so refreshing to have a competent kicker. I can't wait to feel comfortable when our kicker trots out for a 40-yarder.
And if he can blast it through the endzone on kickoffs then I hope naked cheerleaders carry him to and from class on a golden throne every day.
It's typically a stat that reflects on athletic ability and depth, which seems to be a strength, and the coverage was very poor. Confusing and frustrating for sure.
Did anyone else see that special ESPN ran on that that high school kicker who is pretty much automatic and happens to be autistic? I hope Chokeonado caught that report and further realized how horrible he is...HAIL LORD WOGAN
My biggest thing is if you look at the personnel on kickoff coverage, we have seemingly all DB's and RB's - small and fast. Why don't they throw some guys that are bigger (but still fast) out there to shake the blocks and blow up the returner? I'm talking about guys like French, Ka'ai, Washington, Buckner, Daniel, Brown, Baylis. It seems to me that if you put those 7 guys in there with Dargan, Coleman, and Wallace with Wogan kicking next year, the numbers would vastly improve. Love Ayele Ford, but I don't want guys weighing 170 pounds to be trying to tackle Marqise Lee in space!! Sub the DB's and RB's with LB's, TE's, DE's.
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Um, our entire LB core including starters play on return units.
No that was the one area this year that clearly was not as good as in the past few. Seems like for most of the season we were giving up longer returns than usual, not sure the exact reason for that.
"White man you just starting to get the blues" - Rags and Bones, Nomeansno
Other than the kicks being short, they were often line-drives and to the center of the field, giving the returner a full field to work with along with open space and momentum. Not a good recipe for stopping returns before the 30-35 at least. When there was some air under the ball and the kick was towards the sidelines, coverage tended to be much better.
There were good athletes on the cover team; most of the blame falls to the kickers this year.
This post was edited by DuxFlav23 17 months ago
Jackson Rice had an outstanding career at Oregon and should be kicking in the NFL next year. Maldonado has been a disappointment.
Next years kicking game will be strong.
Ausherman will take over as the starting punter: Chris Sailer Comments on Dylan Ausherman:
#1 rated punter in the nations class of 2012. Ausherman is a tremendous punting prospect. He hit multiple balls more than 60 yards with 5-plus second hang-time. He is also solid on kickoffs. Ausherman is a big-time D1 scholarship prospect. He was the best overall talent at the LA camp.
Wogan will take over as the starting kicker: Chris Sailer Comments on Matt Wogan:
Matt is a phenomenal kicking prospect. He has the strongest leg in the nation and kicks effortlessly off the ground. Kickoffs are tops in the nation and ready for D1 ball right now. Punting is also at the D1 level. A great athlete with an even better attitude. The sky is the limit. A D1 Scholarship Pick without a doubt. Expect big things in the future from Matt. One of the best all around players that we have had in years.
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