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Old 10-31-2013, 08:16 AM   #1
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Have you seen improvement as the season has gone on? Frye has been a bright spot, for sure.

Punting has been bad. Last week, however, it improved somewhat. If my memory serves me correctly, Hull's productivity improved last year in the final month. Hope we see a repeat.

Kick returns, when they occur, are sub-par. Blocking has not been good. Did we improve against Mizzou? Seems I remember at least one return to about the 25.

Punt returns have been downright scary. Pharoh has guts but nearly cost us dearly last week when he snagged that one punt when a defender was right there.

IMO, a slight improvement in overall STs will result in a significant improvement of our overall team.
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:34 AM   #2
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Anything with "return" in it has been sub par this year. I don't know if we have return guys that just don't see the lanes or blockers that just don't clear the lanes. Our punting last week was greatly improved. I think I saw an average of around 44yds. If you take away the out of bounds kicks on kickoffs, our kickoffs have been very good.

No complaints about the feild goal department.

Another part of the game that needs to improve is the takes and gives. I think we give the ball up a lot more than we take it away.
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:37 AM   #3
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On special teams, the Gamecocks are last in punting and 12th of 14 teams in punt returns.

We can't get much worse.

Fry has been the lone bright spot.

I don't understand why our Special Teams has been so bad across the board with Fry being the exception.

Joe Robinson is a proven SEC ST's coach, so it's concerning that ST's has been a liability all year. Better field position and both our offense and defense would statistically be much better and well, we could also have a better record.

I can't say that we've gotten better. Still seeing fair catches inside the 5. Still trying to catch Punts we shouldn't even be considering catching. Blocking on KO returns hasn't seemed to improve as our returners don't have any lanes to run to on a regular basis.

Hope it gets a lot better immediately.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:10 AM   #4
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Default Re: Special Teams

It is a head scratcher as to why we continue to struggle but P Cooper should help a lot IF he gets decent blocking. I like what he's done but he's also made some freshman mistakes. That should get better throughout his career.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:35 AM   #5
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John Hunt was a proven SEC OL coach at one point too.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:44 AM   #6
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I get nervous every time we are about to receive a punt.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:53 AM   #7
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Not enough starters on STs imo. Spurrier too conservative on KO returns. Byrd a d Whitehurst should be back there

Definitely not championship level teams
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:11 AM   #8
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Default Re: Special Teams

Cooper has made some mental mistakes but the kid has guts, catches the ball very well with his hands and can take a shot without putting the ball on the ground, he has proven that.
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Since when did returners start catching punts inside the 10 yard line? It's not just us, but a lot of teams.
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I like Cooper, I don't think he has muffed a punt yet, but unless its a fair catch I get nervous. And why we catch the ball inside the 10 is baffling. But there was a kickoff return against Mizz that Cooper ran back and he mad a cut and almost stopped because he realized he was going to get hit hard...I think as a ST returner, you just have to sacrifice your body.
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agree need more starters on returns and Whitehurst too
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Default Re: Special Teams

Before the season started I said my two main concerns for the team
this season was 1. Offensive Line play and 2. Finding a replacement for
Ace Sanders not necessarily on the Offense but as a kick returner.
Ace not only had the ability to break one at any point, but to get you
a lot of positive yards on returned punts. The main thing Ace gave you was
that he forced the opposition to have to alter their S/T defense to
account for what he could do. ... The O/line has met and exceeded my
concerns... However, we have not done a good job in finding a Return
specialist. I don't put the full blame on Coach Robinson or Pharaoh Cooper,
because we lost a lot of players who were multi year starters on the
return team for Ace. We have a new unit and it's making a lot of mistakes
at this point.

We have what we have. We have to work on it in the off season, and
make the replacements / corrections to fix it next year. What we need
to do now, it to continue to improve on Offense and Defense and score
when we have the opportunity, and let the S/T play run it's course this
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:22 PM   #13
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I still hold my breath on punt return. It's only a matter of time before that results in a turnover again.

Punt average is still horrible.

If Pharoh gets some blocking and space he is good but each time he has its been bc an illegal block.
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I like Cooper, I don't think he has muffed a punt yet, but unless its a fair catch I get nervous. And why we catch the ball inside the 10 is baffling. But there was a kickoff return against Mizz that Cooper ran back and he mad a cut and almost stopped because he realized he was going to get hit hard...I think as a ST returner, you just have to sacrifice your body.
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