When the University of Miami promoted Randy Shannon from defensive coordinator to head coach it…
Gators Have Shut Down Nations Best Returners
Whether it's a fake punt (see Arkansas 2006, Tennessee and Georgia 2005), a blocked punt that alters a game (see Arkansas, Vanderbilt and LSU 2006, Iowa 2005), or shutting down one of the nation's top punt returners, the Florida punt team has done its part in making the Gators' special teams very special. Florida has yet to surrender a punt return for a touchdown in two seasons. In 2005, even against dynamic punt returners such as Kentucky's Rafael Little, Alabama's Tyrone Prothro, LSU's Skyler Green, Georgia's Thomas Flowers and Florida State's Willie Reid, the Gators gave up just 60 total punt return yards and finished ninth in the nation in net punting. The Gators ran fake punts in the Tennessee and Georgia games for critical first downs. Florida ranks eighth in the nation in net punting in 2006. The Gators have given up 57 total yards even though they've faced dynamic punt returners like Little, Georgia's Mikey Henderson, Florida State's Chris Davis and LSU's Trindon Holliday...
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