I need more from the special teams unit, particularly the kickoff and punt return units. FSU averaged only 13 yards per kickoff return Saturday night. They only returned one out of seven returnable punts. Here is where FSU football started their offensive drives against Duquense:
That’s 50 percent of their offensive drives starting inside their 25-yard line. Duquesne is a team you can overcome poor field position against, but those are not positions you want to be in against a talented defense like LSU.
I said in the five takeaways post that I give Mycah Pittman a pass on a couple of those punts he allowed to hit the ground, but I think he has to come into this LSU game with the mentality that he has to catch everything.
If I’m Mike Norvell, I probably call to fair catch every kickoff(hopefully, there are not many) to guarantee you don’t get trapped deep in your territory. It’ll likely be a low-scoring game, and those hidden yards could wind up being the difference.