2013 football position by position: coverage
As we’re just over a week away from the start of the football season, it’s time to take a detailed position-by-position look at the 2013 EMU football team. This is our time to refresh our memory about returning players, and learn a little about the new faces.
As I commented last year, this is difficult to predect because so much is dependent on the kicker/punter, and because it’s commons for coaches to put younger defensive players who have promise but haven’t really cracked the depth chart onto the coverage team. Because of that, this is going to be a little less in-depth, and in particular, I’m not even going to try to guess who may or may not play.
In 2012, EMU’s kickoff coverage regressed badly. The year before they had allowed just 16.9 yards per kickoff and no touchdowns, good for #2 nationally. Last year those numbers were 23 yards per kickoff (#90 nationally), while the three touchdowns allowed were the worst in the country. Making matters worse, that was with only 42 kickoffs — to put it another way, EMU allowed a touchdown for every 14 kickoffs.
Punt coverage, on the other hand, was slightly better in 2012 than in 2011, dropping slightly to 8.2 yards allowed per return, with no touchdowns allowed despite punting 70 times.