Better Returns

Dave McMichael

West Virginia's assistant coach in charge of offensive special teams details some of the problems that have faced the kickoff and punt return teams this year.

WVU assistant coach Dave McMichael is in charge of WVU's offensive special teams, and he believes that the Mountaineers are very close to breaking some big plays in the return game.

West Virginia is last in the Big East in both kickoff and punt return yardage -- something of a surprise given apparent abilities of the players manning the skill positions on those squads. The Mountaineers are averaging just 8.9 yards per punt return and an anemic 17.4 yards per kickoff return.

McMichael acknowledges those issues, but also thinks that the returners, along with those clearing the way, have the ability to help jump start the offense with some good returns.

"I think everyone knows their assignments. It's just a matter of execution and technique," the veteran coach explained after an off-week spent evaluating his squads.

McMichael discusses the effect of injuries and more in this exclusive interview.


Dave McMichael Interview

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