Special Teams Breakdown

Here's a breakdown of the Tigers' special teams this year, unit by unit.

Kick-off Return: RB Coach Burton Burns
Clemson has two kickoff returns for touchdowns, two punt returns for touchdown and two safeties for a total of 28 points scored off special teams this year.
This is a Clemson single season record for points off special teams and we are just six games into the season. This is the first Clemson team in history to have four kick returns for touchdowns, two punt and two kickoff. (Statistically, the blocked punt for a touchdown counts as a punt return).

Clemson also averages 30.33 yards per kickoff return, fourth best in Division I-A and 13.87 yards per punt return, 15th best in the nation.

Punt Block/Return: LB Coach David Blackwell
Clemson is one of just three teams nationally to rank in the top 15 in the nation in punt returns and kickoff returns.
Clemson has blocked three punts this year, the most by a Clemson team since the 1997 team had four. The 1989 team also had four and the overall school record is five by the 1944 team. All three blocked punts have resulted in scores, two safeties and a touchdown. The touchdown was recorded this past Saturday when Gaines Adams had the block and Bobby Williamson scored the touchdown.

Kick-off Coverage: LB Coach David Blackwell
Kickoff man Jad Dean has had 25 kickoffs this year and has had 13 touchbacks
Nineteen of his 25 kickoffs have not been returned past the 20 yard-line and he average starting field position after the kickoff for the Clemson opposition is its own 22. The average start for Clemson after a kickoff is its own 34, a 12-yard advantage for the Tigers.

Punt Team: TE Coach Jack Hines
Punter Cole Chason has a 40-yard average and nine of his 35 punts have been inside the 20.
Only 19 of his 35 punts have been returned and he has had just two touchbacks.

Clemson punt return coverage has also been solid. It demonstrated this against Utah State, who had the nation's top punt returner in Kevin Robinson entering the game. He had a 36-yard average coming into the game, but had two returns for one yard against the Tigers.

Field Goal/PAT: OL Coach Brad Scott
Field Goal Block: DC John Lovett

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