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Ferentz ‘dead serious’ about radical special teams shift

[ 0 ] October 8, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Just to be clear, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz was not joking Saturday when he said he might never set up for another punt return.

A fake punt by Michigan State was the most galling play in a 26-14 defeat.

Not only did the play gain 25 yards – setting up a field goal early in the fourth quarter – it brought back bitter memories for Hawkeyes fans.

Afterward, Ferentz told reporters the plan was to gain field position with good return.

He seemed to be expressing his frustrations when he added that he might never try to return a punt again.

But on Tuesday, he repeated those comments.

“I think if you pressed me today, I’d say we may never return a punt again,” Ferentz said. “Just because when you do that, to block guys you have to turn and go with those guys to shadow them.

“When you do that, you open the door. And Michigan State did a good job of taking advantage of that.”

The Hawkeyes have been burned by six fake punts since 2010. To be fair, they scored two punt return touchdowns three weeks ago against Western Michigan.

“We (may) just fair catch it and try to keep it off the ground,” Ferentz said. “I was being dead serious.”

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