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I've been a little out of the loop lately, due to holiday travel. Has anything been said reagarding what the two punters have been doing in prepration for the big game? In a perfect world, we just won't have to punt. Not thinking that will be the case, my main worry in this game is special teams. The worst of our special teams is our punting.
Just wondering if any of the coaches or anyone at all have mentioned whether they have been doing anything to improve?
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I'm more concerned with our fielding a punt that our actual punting. Hopefully we've got that covered now with D Adams returning the punts....
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I don't know. That was an issue too. However, we gave some teams some pretty short fields near the end of the seson with those 32 yard punts. That's just not Auburn punting. Hopefully we corrected that.
Punting is an odd thing because there are so many factors involved....how far you punt it, but how how many of those are returned, fair-caught (?), and the yardage on the returns, or how many are into the end zone for a touch back.
Here are some interesting numbers for each team...
Auburn has punted the ball 37 times, Oregon 38 times (only Nevada, Stanford, and Houston punted fewer times).
Of Auburn's 37 punts, only 8 were returned (fewest in the nation), and for only 44 yards, or 5.5 yards per return. That was good for #19 in the country.
Of Oregon's 38 punts, only 12 were returned, but for 110 yards, or 9.17 yards per return. That was good for only #72 in the country.
So when someone does return our punt, we cover it pretty well. And while short punts are typically not a positive thing (our average is only 37.5), it's a big reason that only 8 punts have been run back....they typically "fair catch" the ball.
We average 37.5 yards per punt...if you subtract out our return yardage allowed (but not touch backs), we average 36.3 yards per punt in field position change.
Oregon averages 42.5 yards per punt, but if you subtract out their return yardage allowed, they average 39.6 yards of field position change.
These aren't drastic differences, and really, the fact that we have only allowed 8 returned punts in 13 games bodes well for us against Oregon's return capabilities. They are #1 in the country at 18.1 yards per return and FIVE touchdown returns, which is also #1 in the country (no one else even has four, and only four teams have as many as three TD returns).
If we punt the ball 37 yards and make them waive for a fair-catch, I think that works out good for us....less chance of a big time, game changing return.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by jadennis on 1/3/2011 at 3:44 PM
Good work jadennis. Thanks.
This post was edited by FreeBird1716 on 1/3/2011 at 3:58 PM
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