North Texas’ Brelan Chancellor was named Conference USA’s special teams player of the week on Monday after his 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Georgia.
Chancellor returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in 2010, but Georgia and kicker Marshall Morgan gave him opportunities with only two of Morgan’s seven kickoffs going for touchbacks.
“With this returner, my focus was height,” Morgan said after Georgia’s 45-21 win Saturday. “If you kick a low ball, six or seven (yards) deep, he’s going to take it and take it back like he did I guess. Finally, I realized I had the confidence to just boom it. I got the two touchbacks and we got that squib at the end, just because we wanted to make sure our defense was going to be out there.”
LSU is fourth in the SEC in kickoff returns with a 27.1-yard average. Odell Beckham already has a 75-yard return this season.
Morgan said Monday night his goal now “is to kick it out of the end zone. I’m just going to try to kick it as deep as I can. I’m going to try and kick it deep with some hang time, too. I’m not going to just try a line drive so if he does catch it, he can’t take it. I don’t want him to take it back again.”
Georgia coach Mark Richt said on his radio show Monday night that kicking into the wind can be a factor from being able to get touchbacks.
He said the biggest problem was “we had one guy that got blocked we thought in the back. He really was getting pushed from behind and he not only got pushed from behind but they knocked him into another one of our players. So two of our guys got knocked down, which created a big gap. Then we had other guys that were unblocked and didn’t fill quick enough.”
Said gunner Blake Sailors: “We’ve just got to get back to playing our game. Against a team like this, just little details like a missed tackle or a little lane assignment, if you’re not in the right lane, they can have a fricking hole the size of a house to run through.”
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