2007 College Football IN SEASON THREAD Sept 4, 2007 14:10:49 GMT -5
Post by hifigator on Sept 4, 2007 14:10:49 GMT -5
tigerhoya said:Not surprised Clemson isn't ranked and not upset about it either.
As far as the Bowdens and kicking games go, last night was a hell of a lot better than all of last season with Jad Dean going from a Groza finalist the year before to a goat last year (thanks in large part to his outside coach in Ohio.)
Clemson actually has a coach designated special teams coach for the first time in Bowden's tenure (he's also the RB coach who came from UNC.) Kick and punt coverage was 180 degrees from last year. The new kicker played 2 soccer games over the weekend and still got his first FG and got a touchback kicking from the 30. The punter did something that the previous punter didn't on a botched snap (the run for the safety) in 2004 against GT. The bad snap was a direct result of the snapper overcompensating after the previous block - but the formation was adjusted after the block (something Bowden never did when he was handling the kicking game.) The safety gave FSU a chance to get back into the game but I'm still pleased with special teams overall (at least extra points weren't being missed or block like at FSU last year.)
I remember the touchback. That ball was really hammered. It was a good six steps into the endzone.
On the high snap, I thought the punter did the right thing in not trying anything miraculous as it would most likely have resulted in giving the Noles the ball inside the 20 yard line. The best part was that the safety put the score at 19, so when FSU scored to make it 13, they had to go for 2, which of course they didn't make. So really it was only a one point safety.
As for the kicker from last year, that is very ironic you worded it that way. The Gators were in the same boat. Chris Hetland was on the preseason Groza watch list, basically because his percentage was decent the year before. But all of us knew that was absurd and that kicking the football was one of our weaknesses, not one of our strengths. Ironically, he did finally start hitting when it really mattered, in the SEC title game and then in Gelndale for all the marbles. But going into the season, he had a questionable leg and had never had to make any real pressure kicks. It was ridiculous for him to be put in such a prestigious group of kickers.