Vols' kickoff, punt returns anything but special

By: AP
By: AP

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Derek Dooley knows
squeezing more yards out of punt and kick returns could put his
young, inexperienced Volunteers in a much better position on
offense. One problem: The return teams have been anything but
special this season.

Tennessee (1-2) ranks among the bottom 25 FBS teams when it
comes to kickoff and punt returns. The struggles couldn't have been
more obvious in a 31-17 loss to Florida. The Gators averaged the
start of their drives at their own 41 yard line, the Vols at their
own 26.

Tennessee is averaging just over 18 yards on kickoff returns and
minus-1.5 yards on punt returns.

The Vols may not get much of a chance to improve against UAB,
either. The Blazers (1-2) are holding opponents to minus-0.4 yard
on punt returns and 13.9 yards on kickoff returns.

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