FSU football: Noles placing dynamic athletes at punt returner

FSU special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach John Papuchis.Img 4318
FSU special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach John Papuchis.Img 4318 /

The 2023 version of FSU football fall camp has officially arrived.

Can you believe it?

The Seminoles caught the college football world last season by achieving their 25th 10-win campaign in program history. However, as head football coach Mike Norvell has explained, this upcoming season has heightened expectations where Florida State is reaching for the stars.

The Seminoles have a ton of great qualities in this football team such as quarterback Jordan Travis, offensive weapons, depth on the offensive line, high quality talent at the defensive tackle position, and solid linebacker as well as cornerback play.

As it relates to everyday life, it always worth mentioning aspects that could be improved upon.

FSU fans have expressed concerns about the Seminoles’ punt return game. As most know by now, redshirt junior wide receiver Mycah Pittman transferred to Utah this offseason.

While he did have to resort to hip surgery this offseason and there were concerns as to whether or not he would participate for the majority of the 2023 season, the impact was felt.

Pittman had 18 punt returns for 169 yards last season. While it might not have seem like much, spectators were not on the edge of their seats wondering if the punt will be muffed when the former Oregon transfer was out on the field.

Mike Norvell stated the following about special teams during his introductory press conference after being hired by the Seminoles on December 8, 2019:

"“Special teams is a reflection of your culture.”"

That quote has stayed true as the Seminoles have build their foundation as a program through special teams. While some might dismiss the idea that importance of special teams, it would wise to watch the FSU-LSU season opener from a season ago where the Seminoles blocked the game-tying extra point to win the game.

As it relates to this season, FSU has transfer Keon Coleman, freshman wide receiver Destyn Hill, and Winston Wright on punt return duties in fall camp.

This is an exciting development since Coleman and Hill are two of the most athletic players on the roster. Wright had electric playmaking ability before a car accident derailed him last year.

However, he looks very close to 100 percent now. The newcomers have the ability to change the outcome of the game with one play. Punt returns could be a strength of the team in 2023 if they can find consistency.

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