They better! The special teams looked absolutely AWFUL in the two open
scrimmages and will result in at least two losses this season if they don't
get it fixed.
Doing a bit of research, it's amazing to find out how many close games are
either won or lost each season in college football because of special-teams
play. And few such losses are more frustrating to both teams and their fans.
They leave with that "if only" feeling in the pit of their stomachs.As the article pointed out, BYU's last bowl game was a prime
example. That was a terrible way to end a mostly good season.Yet few teams
seem to put the needed and necessary time and effort into developing and
maintaining that segment of their programs. Too often, it seems to be an
after-thought. Having such an attitude will usually come back to bite them.Here's hoping that all local college programs have done their
due-diligence in that area this season. We'll soon find out.
Special teams could've used the extra practice before the bowl game last
year. Bronco only used 7 of the allotted 15 practice days before the Fight
Hunger Bowl and we looked very unprepared in that game. You could tie at least 2
special teams blunders that were resulting in (or heavily contributed to) 2
TD's for Udub. Even then it was still a disappointing effort
overall by our team and execution (especially on offense) was poor. We scored in
only one quarter (the 2nd) and yet out-gained them for the game. Otoh, you could
tell that they were well prepared for us.
I was going to comment that last December would have been a great time to use
bowl practices to work on special teams, but then I decided that horse has been