• GT Special Teams Really Are Becoming Special

    Remember three and more years ago when Georgia Tech special teams were special needs?

    This year the Jackets are better. The Pitt game may have been the best - a fake punt, 3 of 4 KOs in or out of the end zone, 1 KO return contained, 4 punts with no return. All extra points made.

    Georgia Tech is currently:

    14th in punting.
    18th in KO returns (and will be even better when Golden is back).
    26th in kickoffs, 43rd in KO touch backs but 11th in out of bounds (bad).
    Pretty good in FGs (5 of 8) but have attempted less than one a game. 41 of 42 in extra points.
    5th in punts blocked.

    Looks like a new ST coach and putting starters onto the STs is paying off.
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Animal's Avatar
      Animal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boomergump View Post
      It is a different feeling on the field with regards to defense and special teams. It no longer feels like the offense is carrying everybody else's water. That is a good thing. Things are more even now. That helps in a lot of ways, especially team morale.
      Agreed, but would still like to see the O step it up a bit
    1. alagold's Avatar
      alagold -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ga Tech Navy Nuke View Post
      Remember three and more years ago when special teams were special needs?

      This year we are better. The Pitt game may have been the best - a fake punt, 3 of 4 KOs in or out of the end zone, 1 KO return contained, 4 punts with no return. All extra points made.

      We are currently:
      14th in punting.
      18th in KO returns (and will be even better when Golden is back).
      26th in kickoffs, 43rd in KO touch backs but 11th in out of bounds (bad).
      Pretty good in FGs (5 of 8) but have attempted less than one a game. 41 of 42 in extra points.
      5th in punts blocked.

      Looks like a new ST coach and putting starters onto the STs is paying off.
      Nuke,
      I think they ran back 2 KOs for an avg of 27.I still think we have somewhat a problem when they return it.
      But ST is not a liability like before..
    1. Ga Tech Navy Nuke's Avatar
      Ga Tech Navy Nuke -
      Quote Originally Posted by alagold View Post
      Nuke,
      I think they ran back 2 KOs for an avg of 27.I still think we have somewhat a problem when they return it.
      But ST is not a liability like before..
      Ala, you may be right. But I seem to remember two into the end zone and one out of the end zone. The one out of the end zone was great - kind of hard to return it no matter who you are. Also, they were all well in bounds. This site says we did one, but may be wrong. No matter. We're better ..... cfbstats.com - 2013 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Kickoff Return Defense Game Log
    1. ballacuz's Avatar
      ballacuz -
      Our kickoff coverage is not good whatever way you look at it... everything else pretty decent so i'm cool with it... i would be so fine with kicking it out the back of the endzone literally every kickoff... why can't we again?
    1. Ga Tech Navy Nuke's Avatar
      Ga Tech Navy Nuke -
      I agree about our KO returns. We are 98th allowing an average of 23.17 yds per rtn.

      That's why I was so satisfied about the 3 of 4 touch backs. No reason Butker can't do that against Clemson and UGAg. I've been watching his extra points (since that is all he is kicking lately). They have bee high and straight. In the beginning of the year, he was kicking low. He's doing great for a Fr. Like you, hope EVERY KO is out of the end zone next year.
    1. InsideLB's Avatar
      InsideLB -
      KO coverage unit has been hit VERY hard by injuries. Missing 6 or 7 starters at this point.
    1. Ga Tech Navy Nuke's Avatar
      Ga Tech Navy Nuke -
      Quote Originally Posted by InsideLB View Post
      KO coverage unit has been hit VERY hard by injuries. Missing 6 or 7 starters at this point.
      You usually aren't sarcastic, so I have to ask who is out?
    1. Boomergump's Avatar
      Boomergump -
      I have been surprised by Butker's inconsistency with the KOs. He has the leg to be a 60+% TB guy, but he isn't getting it done. I would think it would be way easier to do this, if you had the leg, than say, hit a high percentage of FGs. He is a frosh so I won't bust him too hard. He has potential and his hang times are better even if the distance isn't always there.
    1. Ga Tech Navy Nuke's Avatar
      Ga Tech Navy Nuke -
      I am too. I expected Butker to be up at the top of the D1 kickers but he isn't - 53rd in touch back %. Against Pitt though, he had his best % touch backs of the year, so there is hope. cfbstats.com - 2013 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Kickoff Game Log
    1. GT Man's Avatar
      GT Man -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ga Tech Navy Nuke View Post
      Remember three and more years ago when special teams were special needs?

      This year we are better. The Pitt game may have been the best - a fake punt, 3 of 4 KOs in or out of the end zone, 1 KO return contained, 4 punts with no return. All extra points made.

      We are currently:
      14th in punting.
      18th in KO returns (and will be even better when Golden is back).
      26th in kickoffs, 43rd in KO touch backs but 11th in out of bounds (bad).
      Pretty good in FGs (5 of 8) but have attempted less than one a game. 41 of 42 in extra points.
      5th in punts blocked.

      Looks like a new ST coach and putting starters onto the STs is paying off.
      I think when we look back at this season, we'll see it as an obvious improvement upon last year in multiple categories. Sure, we were disappointed in several aspects but I think we're moving forward as a program. ST and Defense are much better. We just need to work out some offensive issues
    1. Ga Tech Navy Nuke's Avatar
      Ga Tech Navy Nuke -
      Quote Originally Posted by GT Man View Post
      I think when we look back at this season, we'll see it as an obvious improvement upon last year in multiple categories. Sure, we were disappointed in several aspects but I think we're moving forward as a program. ST and Defense are much better. We just need to work out some offensive issues
      After the season is over, I'll look at how we did in ACC play compared to other ACC teams. I think I have about 6 years of comparisons already. I also think we will have moved up in the performance rankings. The hard thing about ST is that it is a catch all category for whatever isn't O or D. It has kicking, covering and returning all of which are somewhat independent.