July 20, 2006

Punting game has to become consistent

32.8 = K-State's net yards per punt in 2005, which ranked 10th in the Big 12 and No. 80 overall.

For the first time in years, Kansas State has an assistant coach whose sole task is developing the game's third aspect - special teams.

Tim Tibesar is in charge of making sure the Wildcats hold up their end of the bargain once the offense and defense have done their jobs.

Perhaps Tibesar's biggest task will be in the punt game, where K-State averaged a net 32.8 yards per punt in 2005, good enough - or bad enough - to rank 10th in the Big 12 Conference and 80th nationally.

It's hard to forget the play against Oklahoma last season when the K-State punt unit ran onto the field without punter Tim Reyer.

Long snapper Jeff Mortimer snapped the ball even though Reyer was on the sideline, and the ball trickled out of the back of the endzone for a Sooner safety to make the score 9-0 Oklahoma, opening the flood gates for a 43-21 Sooner victory.

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