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OU football: Special teams changed momentum vs. Kansas

During last week's preparation for the Kansas game, first-year special teams coordinator Jay Boulware noticed a potential opportunity while watching the Jayhawks' punt coverage unit on film.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 20, 2013

“Right now, I feel like there's been one play a game where we just don't quite do the right thing,” Boulware said. “But you see the signs of something really special coming together.

“We're getting there, but we're not there. I've got a bunch of young kids that are playing for us, and sometimes they make young kid mistakes. We're gonna get through that.”

Special teams provide young players the opportunity to see early playing time, and can allow those guys to make a name for themselves early in their careers.

“I feel like I've progressively gotten better and better each week, and just need to keep getting better and making contributions to this team any way possible,” Dimon said. “Whether it's special teams or defense or whatever they ask.”

Boulware constantly preaches to his units that special teams can often dictate the outcome of a game, and provide a spark to give the whole team momentum. That was certainly the case after Dimon's play, which was the first punt block for Oklahoma since 2010.

“Each and every game, those situations come up,” Boulware said. “Either we take advantage of them, or we don't.

“I told them this in practice, in the meeting room, ‘Be at your best when your best is needed.' We needed Matt Dimon to go in there and block that punt for us to get our team started, and he did.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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