The Wolverine

October 2011

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Step By Step Michigan���s Special Teams Are Evolving From A Weakness To A Strength O By Andy Reid ne could definitely make an argument that Michigan���s special teams unit was one of the worst in the country in 2010. The Wolverines hit just 4 of 14 field goals and ranked 55th nationally in net punting, 98th in punt returns and 76th in kickoff returns. With a refocused emphasis on the kicking game, led by special teams coach Dan Ferrigno, Michigan is hoping to improve dramatically. Placekicking Football is as team-oriented as any sport. All 11 players need to work in harmony in order for an offensive or defensive unit to function at full capacity, and thus drills, meetings, meals ��� almost everything in players��� daily routines ����� are done in groups. But during any collegiate football practice, there will be a small contingent of padded personnel roaming the outskirts of team activities. The players ��� none as physically imposing as the brawny men in the midst of tackling drills ����� will use After fine-tuning his technique and mindset, redshirt sophomore Brendan Gibbons emerged as U-M���s primary placekicker and was 1 of 2 on field goals through four games. photo by per kjeldsen 40��� the wolverine��� ������ October 2011

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