Tennessee ranks 108th in the nation in net punting with an average of 29.29 yards per punt. Of course, this is primarily due to the fact that we've given up a 77 yard return to Cal's DeSean Jackson and an 83 yard return to Florida's Brandon James in only three games.
You know what they say about quarterbacks? That if you have two of them you really have none? Well, last I heard Tennessee has something like eight coaches responsible for special teams. Now I know next to nothing about punt coverage, but I figure, what's one more cook in the kitchen?
There are some decent articles on punt coverage strategy, so go read up, but here's an important bit (caveat, they're talking about the NFL rules, but I don't know that this part is any different for college):
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Conclusion? What do y'all think? Could it be just as simple as gunners beating defenders at the line, then slowing down as they get closer to the returner so that they're not as susceptible to jukes? Does anyone with more knowledge of this stuff see something wrong with the scheme? Leave your thoughts below, and feel free to leave a comment on the videos themselves.