“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.”