To reiterate a point made in a post the other day,
What has changed, according to players, is the intensity of teaching.
“Definitely stressing more fundamental-wise and trying to focus on some of the little things,” said senior Kosta Vavlas, a special teams standout. “I mean prior (to this year) we kind of just jumped in, going all the way through without breaking each phase of each game down.”
Defensive players, especially in the secondary, have talked often about the detailed coaching that they’re getting from first-year coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, and receiver Reggie Davis made it sound like that was happening — from all coaches — on special teams.
“Coaches are definitely paying attention to details this year,” Davis said, adding for emphasis, “Small, small details.”
Davis muffed three punts last year.
“They’re really cracking down on just looking the ball all the way in, especially because of what I did last year,” Davis said.
Sure, a lot of that can be characterized as happy talk. And who’s to say it’s going to pay off in a big way this season? But tolerating that kind of stuff sure goes a long way towards explaining the many moments of special teams epic fail, 2013 version.