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In the last four years, UH has finished no higher than 75th in special teams efficiency. And while the Rainbow Warriors have a standout kicker in Matthew Shipley, last year saw the team stumble in a number of other areas inl punt protection, kick coverage and kick return.
Associate Head Coach and special teams coordinator Thomas Sheffield looks to change the team’s fortunes and is starting with a back-to-basics approach.
“Technique and fundamentals are the most important pieces and the details that go into every step and every placement,” Sheffield said. “Every little detail is what we are focusing on. We are not focusing on the scheme right now, the scheme will come.”
“The mission is to positively and efficiently affect the drive start average for both the offense and the defense. There’s a lot of yards that are being played for on special teams. We want to make sure those explosive plays go in our favor rather than in the opponent’s favor.”