After averaging a net of 51 yards on four punts
this past weekend at Colorado, the Ducks are No.
This was not a great punt
at the college or pro level, but it was for high school freshmen.
In part because of a reliance on youth, however, the Ducks have contended with some inconsistencies blocking for James on punt
plays this season.
The wideouts can be lined up like the normal "Roger" punt
formation or as though you are going to run "Lucy." We like to mix our alignments so that the receiving team cannot get a good read on whether we are punting or running some sort of fake.
As a true freshman in 2009, he averaged 40.5 yards on 60 punts
. Last season, he improved his average to 42.3 yards on 40 punts
, the sixth-best single-season average in school history.
In that latter role, OSU eventually urged him to join the team without a scholarship, with the understanding he would receive one if he punted
the blocked punt
is the most dramatic of special-teams plays.
When the Beavers beat Louisville, four of OSU's five touchdown drives started in Louisville territory after punt
or kick returns across midfield.
We will never (or hardly ever) line tip in the same punt
return or punt
block alignment two weeks in a row.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of Moraga, Calif., punted
11 times, averaging 46.2 yards per punt
We approached it with a "simple can be successful" philosophy that enabled our punt
return and blocking unit to block five punts
and rank first in the conference and 15th in the country.
It will probably be Poyer and Markus Wheaton returning kickoffs, and either Poyer or Kevan Walker on punts
. Poyer hasn't returned a punt
in a game but was lined up with Rodgers last week and made a fair catch, and he has been the primary backup in practices.
In two plays the Oilers got a first down before the Nokomis defense eventually step of and hold them at third down 5 yards to go before Dylan "Sunshine" Hayes sacked the quarterback for 7-yard loss forcing EAWR to punt
the ball to the Redskins.
Seafaring Expeditions to Punt
in the Middle Kingdom: Excavations at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Egypt