Switching from the linebackers, we take a look at Georgia Tech’s special teams:
THE SPECIAL TEAMS
- Returning starters: Chandler Anderson, Scott Blair, Orwin Smith, Jerrard Tarrant.
- Others to watch: Justin Moore.
- Key fact: Blair was 14-of-20 on field goals last season, including five from more than 40 yards away. However, he missed key ones against Georgia and Iowa.
- Key fact II: Anderson averaged a respectable 42.3 yards per punt last season on 37 attempts.
- Key fact III: Tarrant returned two punts for touchdowns last season.
- Key fact IV: Opponents returned two kickoffs for touchdowns last season.
- Key question: Can Tech improve its kickoff defense? At one point last season, coach Paul Johnson joked it was hard to prepare a defense because they weren’t sure where the ball was going once it left the tee.
- Key question 2: Will Blair relax? Johnson has said repeatedly that his kick-off and field-goal specialist has all the talent, but seems to want to fiddle around with his mechanics a bit too much until he reaches a point of paralysis by analysis.Tech recruited a kicker, Moore. Blair will be a senior, so it was natural to find a replacement.
- Outlook: Tech’s punt teams were very good last season. After returning two for TDs early, teams started punting away from Tarrant. Anderson could be an All-ACC performer…when he gets chances. He went through a 2 1/2-game stretch last season where he didn’t punt. The kickoff return teams should be improved.
- Your turn: What say you about the special teams?
For a look at the linebackers, go here
For a look at the wide receivers, go here
For a look at the safeties, go here
For a look at the offensive line, go here
For a look at the running backs, go here
For a look at the defensive line, go here
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