New assistant coach Jay Boulware has taken over as special teams coordinator for the Sooners this spring in addition to coaching the tight ends. His most recent special teams tutelage was at Auburn. The Tigers’ punt coverage unit ranked second nationally, allowing four return yards on 70 punts. You read that right: F-O-U-R yards. Auburn’s opponents only returned 5 of those 70 kicks.
The Tigers averaged 8.9 yards per punt return last year, far less than OU’s 14.3 in 2012. Auburn was third nationally in kickoff coverage, yielding 16.6 per return. The Sooners gave up 18.8 per return last year, but had a better return average than the Tigers (25.8-22.4).
So, what does the new coach have to work with at OU this spring? He's breaking in a new punter. That’s it. Everybody with some experience returns.
Punter Tress Way has graduated. He was solid for the Sooners with averages the last four years of 45.7, 44.0, 42.0 and 44.2 yards per attempt. His career average was 44 yard...