Blog...Gator Special Teams Makes The Breaks

College Football News
Posted Sep 16, 2008

"I know who Brandon James is, believe me." Tennessee Head coach Phillip Fulmer.

By: BE Coleman

Gator week brings all sorts of issues for its opposing foes. It used to be an offensive only minded only program that relied on its defense in two or three games annually.

That isn't the case any longer with Urban Meyer calling the shots. Meyer is a full spectrum type of coach that looks at all advantages of the playing game. The program now is officially known for its spectacular special teams play first and foremost.

In the Gators last game against Miami two weeks ago, saw Florida with a blocked punt by freshman Jeff Demps for a safety that easily could have been a seven point score had the Gators found the handle on a flopping football.

While Demps may very well be the fastest player on an SEC playing field, there is another face that is the face of the iceberg; Florida has a very special player laying back to return punts deep into the opponent's side of the field.

Running back – Receiver – Athlete Brandon James has burned Tennessee twice in his career returning punts. James first jaunt to the end zone came two years ago when his score was called back on a penalty in Knoxville.

But that did not slow down his electrictrifying ability when he scorched the Vols last season with an 83 yard punt return in Gainesville. James gave early warning in 2006 and has done so in 2008 two weeks ago.

James ranks 14th nationally with a 20.6-yard average per punt return this season, including a nifty 74-yard touchdown return against the Hurricanes.

This season James is not missing any steps as the smallest member of the Gators threat packages. While James is small in size, he is very, very fast on his feet.

At 5"6" 180 lbs. James is elusive, and has the true speed to leave most all 4.3 plus 40 players in the dusty turf looking bewildered as the trucks onward gallantly.

James is able to make the big plays based on what Meyer credits to his special team blockers. While most coaches time their returning players own speed, Meyer times his blockers speed.

The return ability of James has the attention of Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer who said, "I know who Brandon James is, believe me."

"He's not the only one on their team that's capable of taking it the distance," Fulmer noted. "We've got to make sure we do a fantastic job covering kicks and making it as hard on him as we can."

The Gators give Tennessee plenty to worry about this week, adding James into the mix is like putting dynamite into an oven. It's going to blow and blow big.

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