Georgia Tech special teams ‘a positive’

The debut of Georgia Tech special-teams coordinator David Walkosky turned out reasonably well. With the kickoff line moved up to the 35-yard line, kicker David Scully put two of his four kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

Punter Sean Poole and his unit netted 37.1 yards on seven punts. Virginia Tech netted 32.7, not counting a mishandled punt snap that turned into a 22-yard loss and gave the Jackets the ball at the Hokies’ 24 at the end of the first quarter. It led to Georgia Tech’s first score.

Georgia Tech’s three kickoff returns produced an average starting spot at the 27-yard line, a sliver ahead of Virginia Tech’s average start on its four kickoff returns.

The unit was at its best in the fourth quarter. Scully made his only field-goal try of the game, from 34 yards, to make the score 10-7 in the Jackets’ favor on the first play of the period. The kickoff coverage unit, playing with several starters, stopped the Hokies at their 23 on the next play. On Georgia Tech’s next drive, Poole booted a 50-yard punt that rolled out of bounds and flipped the field. Finally, after Georgia Tech’s go-ahead touchdown with 44 seconds remaining, Scully kicked his second touchback to prevent the possibility of a return.

Coach Paul Johnson said that “all in all, I thought it was a positive.”

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September 4th, 2012
3:24 am

Special teams were Fab-U-Los tonight. No issues.

5150 UOAD

September 4th, 2012
3:26 am

Punting needs some work but good enough to keep from having any great returns. Kick cover could have been better when the ball didn’t make the EZ but still no huge issues with tonights ST as a whole body of work.

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September 4th, 2012
10:20 am

special teams looked good last night, negating what is almost always a big advantage for beamerball teams.

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September 4th, 2012
11:44 am

Special Teams were better than last season, but nothing great. In OT for the game winning FG, I would have had Cross and Barnes line up over center and jump the count and ring the center’s bell. It’d only be half the distance to the goal. Then do it again by trying to anticipate the snap–have an LB watch the holder and when he truns his head from looking at the kicker to the center have the LB tap Barnes and Cross on the butt to go—maybe you get lucky and the ref doesn’t call it like the Clemson play to us last year or maybe with a second offsides you tempt VT to try to run again for the score, but at least put some pain on the center and get in his head—maybe he chokes on the snap. It would throw the kicker off a little too—-a good Special Team’s coach would think of even these minute details to get an advantage.

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