Mack is upset with the special teams

About how special teams coordinator Ikaika Malloe will work intensively with Dan Kelly, Mack said:
“We’re going to do everything we can to get him kicking correctly.” (HA)

“Our place-kicker, we’re going to film him, we’re going to do everything to get him kicking correctly. And we’re going to put somebody behind him, just like every other position, give him some competition. We want the ball kicked to where we want it kicked to.” (HSB)

About giving freshman (who was expected to redshirt) Brett Symonds and safety Kenny Estes some reps at kicker to push Kelly, Mack said:
“We’re going to put somebody behind (Kelly), just like any other position; give him some competition. I want the ball kicked to where we want it kicked to.” (HA)

About how they reviewed the tapes and found that their punt coverage strategy to place the ball in the narrow lane between the numbers and sideline was still a good strategy, Mack said:
“It broke down personnel-wise. They hustled. They just didn’t make the play.” (HA)

Mack said that Oregon State punt returner Sammie Stroughter was able to beat the defenders to the blocking wall:
“because we had two guys who came out of coverage, basically. And those two guys are going to be replaced.” (HA)

“There were some personnel breakdowns, and we’ve already made changes in the personnel. They hustled, they just didn’t make the play. This is a good (bye) week to do it, we’ve some time to do it. Getting reps are so important.” (HSB)

About how they are 118th (out of 119 D-IA teams) in punt return yardage defense and 103rd in kickoff return yardage defense, Mack said:
“That’s unacceptable. We’re going to make some changes.” (HA)

HSB Note: “New special teams full-speed scrimmages are part of a redoubled effort on that front planned at practices this week with Hawaii ranking 90th of 119 teams in kickoff return average (18.15) and 116th in punt return average (minus-0.5 yards) among all Division I-A teams. The Warriors are also 111th in kickoff return defense (27.33 yards allowed) and 105th in punt return defense (21.63 per punt).”


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