I have not participated in message boards before, but I had to say something about the game on Saturday. I noticed in College football, if you have good special teams you can stay in almost every game. Last night UCLA won because of special teams, they blocked a punt and Tennessee missed a field goal...that was it - game over.
Wazzu's special teams against OSU were horrible. It was not the coverage on the punts, it was the punt. How can coverage set up when the ball only has a (1) second hang time? Field position is such a large part of the game. What happen to the days, when the Palouse had good special teams? I miss the days of Jason Hanson. If I was recruiting I would find the best punter and kicker around. At least every opponent would have to earn their points. For instance, marching down 80 yards for a touchdown instead of 40 yards. We could actually kick a field goal if we were within 35 yards. I remember last year wonder if we should for it on the 20 or kick it...that’s how bad the kicking was. I mean no disrespect to the kickers and punters, but this is Division 1 football. I know there has to be someone on the soccer team or rugby team who could compete for the job. When I played intramural sports while at WSU, I saw some great athletes who could win a job on special teams.
Just curious if I was the only one who noticed this. Imagine how different the OSU game would have been, if we had excellent punters and kickers.
Just one more rant. If you are a cornerback and you are shorter than a receiver, don't try and jump with them and defend the ball...wait a little bit then jump, because then you can knock the ball out when they are coming down. This is you best chance on a taller receiver...because you probably won't out jump them. I heard the commentators saying, what else can you do when the receiver is taller. Have they ever watched the NFL...most of the cornerbacks are 5'10" and the receivers are 6' and over. The OSU receiver that was out jumping our cornerback was only 6'2". He had maybe 3-4" on our cornerbacks. It is all positioning and technique. Just ask Kelly Jennings of the Seahawks...he is tiny.