Kickoffs, punts hurt UK against Auburn

 

Kickoffs, punts hurt UK against Auburn

first_imgLEXINGTON, Ky. – All-SEC kicker Austin MacGinnis returned to the field on a limited basis against Auburn, but Kentucky could have used all of his services.Video | Coach Stoops talks after tough loss to AuburnPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:c977adfb129b50523b59e2d Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-258047-4561146332001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.UK WR Garrett Johnson talks big game against AuburnVideo | UK QB Patrick Towles breaks down Auburn performancePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:c6b87ec972df39d34710c2b5 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-84685-4561129792001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Video | UK’s Hatcher calls Auburn game “bittersweet”Video | UK’s Eliot on Auburn loss, Lewis injuryPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:8ced632e2a8b44cb4550c854 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-963279-4561129787001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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Kentucky defeated Eastern Kentucky 34-27 in overtime.Oct 3, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats kicker Miles Butler (95) kicks the ball off during the game against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky defeated Eastern Kentucky 34-27 in overtime.With MacGinnis limited to field goals as he returned from a groin injury, redshirt freshman walk-on kicker Miles Butler was handed kickoff duties for the second consecutive game. He averaged 60.2 yards per kickoff, but Auburn averaged 25.8 yards per kickoff return for a net of just 34.4 yards per kickoff.“It makes a big difference,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said. “We’re behind the eight ball because they’re getting too good a field position because we’re not kicking the ball very good.”MacGinnis, who holds the school records for most points in a season (104), most field goals in a season (21), most extra points in a season without a miss (41), most kickoff touchbacks in a season (25), longest field goal (54 yards) and consecutive field goals made (nine), averaged 6.32 yards per kickoff in Kentucky’s first four games. UK opponents averaged 17.5 yards per kickoff return in that span for a net average of 45.7 yards per kickoff.Garrett Johnson becoming a star for KentuckyThrough two games, Butler has averaged 60.5 yards per kickoff. EKU and Auburn averaged 25.6 yards per kickoff return for a net average of 34.8 yards per kickoff.MacGinnis recorded eight touchbacks in four games. Butler has yet to record a touchback and just one of his 11 kickoffs even reached the goal line. UK opponents have averaged a starting field position of their own 34 yard-line after Butler kickoffs. They averaged a starting field position of their own 19-yard line after MacGinnis kickoffs.To further complicate matters, normally steady senior punter Landon Foster continued to struggle for stretches against Auburn.Foster, who was benched for one punt against EKU, averaged just 35.8 yards per punt against Auburn. Foster’s only punt longer than 40 yards in the game went into the end zone for a touchback. Auburn averaged a starting field position of its own 35-yard line after Foster punts.Kentucky will hope MacGinnis can return to kickoff duties at Mississippi State — the Bulldogs have returned a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown this season — but at the halfway point of the season there are plenty of questions surrounding the kickoff and punt teams.“In games like this, it’s huge,” Stoops said.Email Jon Hale at jahale@courier-journal.com . Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ .last_img

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