Taylor Royce

October 10, 2010 by staff 

Taylor Royce, The time invested in training special teams, the Hawaii football team expected a season long life.

Instead, the Warriors are ranked 118th of 120 FBS teams in kickoff returns and last in punt returns.

Chris Tormey, who coordinates special teams, said that the figures are misleading. The Warriors averaged 16.94 yards per punt return, Tormey noted, but they have been charged with three squib kicks. Take three parts of the equation, and the warriors adjusted average was 20.57 meters, which ranks 83rd nationally.

“That said, we have not missed a long,” said Tormey. “We have two returns for 30 yards. At this time last year we had five or six.”

The figures are more bumps on punt returns. Among the opponents ’19 punts, five were returned to a less-yard, an average of less-0.2 yards per return. Three were taken immediately.

With the Warriors’ prolific passing attack, Tormey said, it is more important to secure possession of the punt returns. The Warriors have lost a kickoff return, when a bouncing ball hit the back of the leg of a blocker.

However, Tormey said: “We must be more productive on returns.”

Last year, Jovonte Taylor and Pollard were Royce resume kick. But the NCAA has denied an application for a medical that would have forced Taylor to play this season. Pollard has been relieved of his functions back after the second game, where he established himself as a wide receiver all-lower.

Freshman Allen Sampson was the main returner the past three games. He averages 19.8 yards per return. It has two 30-lifts.

“He’s better,” said Tormey.

Sampson said: “Our system is good, we have to run We put in enough hours, this year we will break You can quote me on that, we have a great (back) of the team…”

Tormey said Dustin Blount might also be used as a kickoff returner.

Yesterday, the Warriors brought a change of tone on their kickoff returns. David Graves, a quarter of a backup who has played safety, was named second returner deep. UH in the scheme, Graves will be aligned at the same depth that Sampson only will it be on the wide side of the field. Sampson, on the ground most of the kickoffs, with Graves sliding front as a blocker.

“I do not mind blocking,” said Graves. “It’s another way to get into the game, another way to do something for the team. I’m down for that. ”

It is generally difficult to move to fourth special teams. But because Graves was moonlighting for the safety of the last three weeks, Tormey said: “There are no trades involved. He already has a guy on the defensive. ”

Tormey said Graves fits like turner field side.

“It’s a good athlete,” Tormey said. “It is physical. He is intelligent. He can run. ”

Graves said: “I know I’m a blocker back there, but if it kicks me, I’ll try to take him home.”

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