September 10, 2009
The Breakdown - Week One Special Teams
Kickoffs/Kickoff Coverage B
Ben Parks first kickoff was the worst of the day, going only 53 yards to the Wake Forest 17. With a kick that short, it's not that big of a surprise that Junior Petit-Jean returned it to the Wake 42, which comes out to an average 22 yard return.
Park's next kick went 61 yards and landed out of bounds - a huge gaff on his part that really is never excusable for a DI kicker. All three of Ben Parks remaining kicks, though, went 70+ yards to the goal line or further, which is a weapon for any team. Parks' first two kicks aside, Wake's average starting position on kickoffs was at the 18 yard line.
Mikail Baker might have made the special teams play of the day on his tackle of Chris Givens at the 13 yard line because of the momentum it helped carry for the team. The backside pursuit tackle came just one play after Kendall Wright took an option pitch to the end zone, and just two plays after Joe Pawelek intercepted a Riley Skinner pass. Kicking a team while they're down is something the Baylor Bears need to continue to do if they want to go bowling 2009.
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