The punts have been great, the field goals fine (save for twice when Josh Lambert was asked to kick from over 50 yards) and no one has really returned any kicks for big yardage. But 10 punt returns have netted just 40 yards, there have been two fumbled away and two more caught inside the 5-yard line.
Coach Dana Holgorsen, though, can actually live with that because he's seen potential. He's used three different punt returners and all have their flaws, but he sees enough in them to be convinced they will improve.
Kickoff returns are another story. Holgorsen calls his kickoff returners "garbage.''
So this week he will go with at least one new one, true freshman cornerback Daryl Worley. The other deep man on the kickoff returns will also be a true freshman, Wendell Smallwood, who has been back there before.
"Kickoff return is 100 percent timing,'' Holgorsen said, referring to not just catching and running with it, but working within the scheme and with the blocks. "We have yet to find guys who can catch it and run, but we will.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.