Midterm Report: Special Teams
Justin Miller has been absolutely incredible on returns. He now has three returns for touchdowns, 1 punt and 2 kickoff. Miller has by far been the Tigers most dangerous weapon, prompting Coach Bowden to hint at maybe placing Miller on offense sparingly. Chansi Stuckey was starting to return punts before injuring his hamstring, and could become a factor late in the year. Currie has been a very dependable compliment to Miller on kickoffs. Currie has been a sound blocker, and is very dangerous in his own right while returning the football.
Field goals got off to a rough start when Stephen Furr missed 2 field goals and an extra point in the first three games. Jad Dean has since replaced Furr. Dean has been perfect on extra points and is 1-1 on field goals. Dean almost made a 61-yarder against Utah State, but was wiped off due to a penalty. Dean nailed a 43 yard field goal against Virginia, and appears to have received a big boost in confidence from that kick. He had waited very patiently for his turn at field goals, while handling kickoff duties. Dean once again has the ability to take a team's kick returns out of the game. He is more than capable of putting the ball deep into the end zone, but he is asked to directional kick sometimes trying to pin opponents inside the 20.
Cole Chason has performed very solidly, considering he wasn't able to kick over the summer. Chason is averaging 39.4 yards per punt right now. Any improvement on that will just be icing on the cake in the second half.