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Secrets of Central Florida’s Elite Kickoff Unitsby: David Purdum
© February 2011
UCF had the best combined kickoff return and coverage statistics in the FBS.
Central Florida’s elite kickoff units aren’t built exclusively with elite athletes. In fact, when building the coverage and return units, physical traits like speed, strength and size often take a backseat to effort, attitude and toughness. The formula works.
Special teams coordinator Tim Salem’s kickoff return team finished No. 1 in the nation, averaging 27.78 yards per return with two touchdowns.
The Knights were nearly as good on kickoff coverage. They finished third in return defense, allowing a measly 17.48 yards. Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider UCF’s coverage unit benefited from only four touchbacks. No other top-5 kickoff coverage unit had to defend more than 52 ret....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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