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Special teams coordiantor Jay Boulware

AUBURN – For Jay Boulware, being Auburn’s special teams coordinator has been a lot more fun this season than last.

He hasn’t seen punt returenrs shuffled like cards in a deck, searching for one who could simply consistent catching the ball. He hasn’t seen willing but limited walk-ons allow kickoff returners to find open space at an alarming rate.

But neither is Boulware satisfied as the No. 11 Tigers (4-0, 2-0) head into Saturday’s game against five-touchdown underdog Louisiana-Monroe at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff on ESPNU is set for 11 a.m.

“Boy, we have a long way to go,” Boulware said. “I’ve been pleased with the effort our young kids have been giving us on our coverage units. I think they are doing a phenomenal job. I say our young kids. Everybody we have out there has been playing hard and doing a good job in terms of getting down the field and trying to do what we ask them to do.”

But, Boulware hastened to add, there is much more that could be done.

“We are leaving some yards on punt returns.” Boulware said. “There are several opportunities out there where we have plenty of room and aren’t advancing the ball up the field. We’ve let a few kickoff returns spill out past the 30-yard line that we feel like we had pretty well covered. Kickoff return, it seems like we are always one block away from taking it to the house. We need all 11 members to put it together.”

See more from Boulware on the video posted on the Bodda Getta message board.

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