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Pressley Harvin as Kick Off Specialist

Discussion in 'Georgia Tech Football' started by HamsBiggestFan, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. HamsBiggestFan

    HamsBiggestFan Georgia Tech Fan

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    My apologies if this has been listed before, but I didn't find it on the forum search.

    We've had major problems kickoff coverage problems for Johnson's entire tenure that were masked by Butker's huge leg. Why is Harvin not on the discussion as the kick-off specialist? Touchbacks would've really helped against [email protected]@[email protected]!

    Is Harvin only working on his punting to make it to the NFL? Doesn't operating as a KOS actually help that cause? I'm amazed Ithe idea has never been floated from the coaches. Am I missing something?
     
  2. OldJacketFan

    OldJacketFan Helluva Engineer

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    The coaches are not going to risk an All American punter on kick offs. PJ has stated this more than once plus the mechanics are very different. Harvin is a bigger asset where he is rather than trying to do both.
     
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  3. gtg936g

    gtg936g Helluva Engineer

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    Kickoffs aren’t the problem. It’s the coverage. The USF guy could have taken the kicks from deep in the end zone to the house.
     
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  4. HamsBiggestFan

    HamsBiggestFan Georgia Tech Fan

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    Coverage is definitely a problem, but neither of our specialists consistently drive it deep into the end zone.
     
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  5. HamsBiggestFan

    HamsBiggestFan Georgia Tech Fan

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    The coaches need to be coaching as if their careers depended on it, and trying every possibility is a start. The mechanics piece aside, are specialists really at that much risk on kickoffs? They're unblocked and if Harvin can consistently bang it through the end zone, there's no injury risk on a tackle.
     
  6. MonroeJacket

    MonroeJacket GT Athlete

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    They’re also two different
    Also, keep in mind they’re two different things. He may not be as good at kicking. They’re two different leg motions/procedures. I’m sure the coaches have inquired, but what do I know...
     
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  7. awbuzz

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    "too many freshman" on kick off coverage.

    Trying to rest starters. Ended up killing us. Coach has inferred that we won't see 5 freshman on the coverage unit in the immediate future.
     
  8. Fatmike91

    Fatmike91 Helluva Engineer

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    I don't see the risk. We should play Harvin at linebacker too.

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  9. MWBATL

    MWBATL Helluva Engineer

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    Heck, I was thinking maybe just have him punt the ball for our kickoffs instead of putting it on the ground. Excellent hang time, and he gets about 40 yards past the line of scrimmage and he's usually at least 10 yards deep , so they would be fair catching it inside their 20...hence starting at the 25 every time.

    Shoot, have him punt it and run straight to the sidelines.....don't let him stay out on the field after he kicks it. No temptation to get involved in a tackle or anything.
     
  10. smokey_wasp

    smokey_wasp Helluva Engineer

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    Put him on the line.
     
  11. sidewalkGTfan

    sidewalkGTfan Helluva Engineer

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    Most kickers in college can’t consistently kick the ball into the end zone. Butker didn’t do that regularly til his junior and senior year.
     
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  12. g0lftime

    g0lftime Helluva Engineer

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    Several kick offs were flat and returner caught them around the 10 already moving forward. Our guys were about 10 yards away so that speedster had room to run plus once he broke thru our tacklers there was no one left. We were basically in a line and outside containment got sucked to the middle trying to make a play. Those 2 kick returns were the main difference in the game. After all their D gave us 600 yards.
     
  13. bke1984

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    It’s worth a look. I don’t know the numbers, but I’ve seen NFL punters handle kickoffs.

    Kicking the ball into the end zone is an incredible weapon...
     
  14. boger2337

    boger2337 Helluva Engineer

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    Hell put him at qb and have him fall forward on the 1 yard line. Dudes like 250. He can move a pile a few inches lol
     
  15. Tech93

    Tech93 Helluva Engineer

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    Not a bad idea...technically by the rules on kickoffs we can punt or kick, correct?
     
  16. danny daniel

    danny daniel Helluva Engineer

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    Can only punt a kickoff after a safety.
     
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  17. AE 87

    AE 87 Helluva Engineer

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    Scott Blair did both right?
     
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  18. Jophish17

    Jophish17 Helluva Engineer

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    Which rule is that? I don't see it in the kicking section of the rule book.
     
  19. HamsBiggestFan

    HamsBiggestFan Georgia Tech Fan

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    Not only did Scott Blair do both, he was an animal on KO coverage. I specifically remember a few of his de-cleaters.
     
  20. HamsBiggestFan

    HamsBiggestFan Georgia Tech Fan

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    Free Kick rule. It applies to the NFL but I can't verify it for NCAA.
     

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