Matt Hogan On Fair Catches & Lane Integrity

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Note: Matt Hogan was a kicker for UH from 2009-2012.

Special teams play in the Oklahoma game wasn’t terrible but it left a few things to be desired. It’s also pretty discouraging when you only force only one punt. And while our punter and FG team had good starts to the year, we need to firm up our punt coverage (more on that later).

The short field goal late in the 2nd quarter was critical to our second-half turnaround. Imagine off that turnover we had driven 50 yards and not come away with points. We’d have been down by 21 and would have killed our building momentum. Instead, Dalton Witherspoon stepped up and drilled the 34-yard field goal and gave UH some hope going to the half.

Coogs Need To Use The Fair Catch Rule

The hidden stat where UH lost the advantage is kickoff returns and starting field position. The new fair-catch rule inside the 25 is an offense-aiding rule disguised as player safety. We need to utilize the rule as part of our offensive strategy.

Touchbacks used to be brought out to the 20-yard line and now you get an extra 5 yards. That’s half a first down less that the offense needs to score. Any edge you can get, you take! Whether it be an inch or a yard: Think Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday.

The inches we need are everywhere around us!

The four kicks that we returned were kicked to the 4-yard line (on average) meaning that, unless there’s a seam for a 20+ yard return, it’s better to take the fair catch.
 

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