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Nebraska Football: Poor special teams play continues to be a theme

COLUMBUS, OHIO - OCTOBER 6, 2012: A football helmet for the Nebraska Cornhuskers sits on the field before a game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State Buckeyes won 63-38. (Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

It is a story that is becoming more common by the week. Nebraska football’s special teams ruined a shot at a Nebraska football upset on Saturday.

Nebraska football had a chance to take a 3-0 lead, after putting the offense in a position to make a reasonable field goal. However, Chase Contreraz missed the 45-yarder and that kept the game tied at zero. This would be a miss that would come back to haunt Nebraska.

The second instance of rough play at the 10:05 mark in the second quarter. William Przystup punted a ball only 13 yards to cap off a drive that lasted four plays managed only 11 yards, and took 1:28 off the clock. It was a combination of multiple unfortunate events, as Nebraska failed to take advantage of an Ohio State interception.

In a game in which both offenses struggled, field position would be key. The punt set up Ohio State nicely, although the defense came up strong. The Buckeyes were forced to punt the ball themselves.

Contreraz continue to have a rough day. With Nebraska looking to finish off a drive towards the end of the third quarter, he missed another field goal from 31 yards out. In just field goals alone, Nebraska football left six points on the board. That is absolutely brutal.

Special teams need to be a point of emphasis in the offseason

I hate to be so harsh, but there is really no other way of putting it. The poor special teams reared their ugly head again on Saturday. This is just continues to reaffirm the fact that Nebraska football needs to hire a special teams coach in the offseason. They should not add it as a duty for one of their assistant coaches already on the staff. They need to make an effort and hire somebody who is dedicated solely to special teams.

This to me is one of the top priorities of this offseason. A special teams coach needs to be a part of the staff. We are seeing the same mistakes made week in and week out. The special teams unit as a whole is not as tight and cohesive as it needs to be. It’s unacceptable. Missing key field goals from a short distance should happen once in a great while for a Division I college kicker. It should not happen every week.

I feel like I have been screaming about special teams for years now. Yet,  nothing has changed. This is a glaring issue for a team that can’t afford to give up good field position or leave points on the board. They seem to do both of those things week in and week out. It is tiresome, and Nebraska football needs to fix it for 2022.

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