Will the Special Teams Step Up?
It would not be an over-exaggeration to say that last week’s special teams performance against USF was one of the worst I’ve ever seen. Getting one kickoff returned for a touchdown isn’t that big of a deal in the sense, it’s a pretty common occurrence in college football. But doing so after knowing that the returner nearly returned the first kickoff of the game for a touchdown just shows low football IQ on everyone’s part. Everyone knew Terrance Horne was a dangerous weapon coming into the game and the Jackets seemingly didn’t game plan strong enough on special teams.
The only thing that made matters worse was when they decided to kick it right back at him on the very next kickoff and watch him return it again. The struggles didn’t stop there, punter Pressley Harvin III had an uncharacteristically bad punt that went 10-yards while the kicking game is still a question. Yes, Brenton King made a field goal last week but until we can see him do it on a consistent basis, the field goal kicking is going to be a question for the Yellow Jackets.
As a whole, the special teams had a lot to clean up and are running out of time to do so. They could have an average day against Pittsburgh and probably get away with it but if their struggles continue, next week’s game against Clemson is going to be all the more difficult.