University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino had mentioned it several times already this season.
The Cardinals hadn't had a punt return since 2010 when Doug Beaumont did it against Connecticut, and Petrino kept making not they had a player returning kick that "can really make things happen."
On Saturday, sophomore Jaire Alexander really made things happen.
Alexander returned one 69 yards for a touchdown in the 63-20 romp over Florida State. Alexander had another that he returned 61 yards but was caught at the 17-yard-line as he cramped up.
"It was pretty exciting to go out and practice the same schemes you've been practicing and (then) you do it in a game and it becomes a success," Alexander said. "You just have to love it."
Petrino said he challenged his special teams guys to do a better job of creating space for Alexander to make a return. He also changed up his formation, putting Alphonso Carter just a few yards in front of Alexander.
"It gives him a blocker back there with him and Alphonso did a great job," Petrino said. "Alphonso had a couple of really big blocks and those plays certainly had a big effect on the game."