Kirk Ferentz: We may never return a punt again
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday October 09, 2013
After a giving up a fake punt to Michigan State last week, Kirk Ferentz said Iowa may never return a punt again.
It turns out he wasn’t kidding.
At his weekly press conference, Ferentz said he might keep the defense on the field and send a returner back just to make sure the ball doesn’t hit the ground, based on how frequently Iowa is getting burned.
“If you pressed me today, I'd say we may never return a punt again, just because when you do that, you have to turn and go with those guys to shadow them,” he said. “When you do that, you open the door (to a fake). Michigan State did a pretty good job of taking advantage of it, to their credit.
“What helped us a couple of weeks ago we paid for on Saturday and cost us a field goal and a possession. So, yeah, I may be leaning towards where you never see us try to return one again. We may just try to catch it and keep it off the ground.”
Iowa has had some big punt returns this season, and that’s what Ferentz is talking about with it hurting them on the fake punt.
According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Saturday was the sixth time since 2010 that Iowa was burned by a fake punt.