This week, each of our roundtable panelists will present their midseason report card.
Punt Coverage: [A] Opponents have a total of 36 punt return yards combined for the year . Can’t do much better.
FG Defense and Kickoff coverage: [A-] Our opponents are barely over 50% on field goals, but we haven’t blocked any. Only W&M and WMU averaged more than 20 yards per kickoff return, and we’ve only given up one return that went over 30 yards. The kickoff that went out of bounds against ECU keeps this from being an A.
FG Kicking and Punt Returns: [B-] Acceptable, if unspectacular in these areas. We’ve had one FG blocked, but have generally made the makeable kicks and missed the difficult ones. We haven’t broken a long punt return yet, but we are consistently getting close to eight yards per return and don’t have a roughing-the-kicker penalty yet.
Kickoff Returns: [D-] We are in the bottom 15 in the country in return yardage, and have yet to return a single kickoff 30+ yards. I don’t recall too many block-in-the-back penalties and we haven’t fumbled on a kickoff return yet, which is the only thing that bumps this up from an F.
I was going to grade position-by-position, but the performance of each position is so intertwined. I’m not sure I can meaningfully separate out running back play from OL play, for example. So I’ll break the offense down by overall objectives instead of by position.
Controlling the Clock: [A] Ranked #3 in the country in Time of Possession. This is a tribute to our 3rd down efficiency, especially in the passing game.
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