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Friedgen Talks EMU Punters. Again.

I asked Ralph Friedgen for a little more insight on the Eastern Michigan punting situation, which Friedgen loves to talk about. Here is Friedgen’s entire response:

“It causes you a problem. You have got to be worried about the rugby punt. And they regular punt it to; it’s not just that they rugby punt. So if you put a guy back there, and he rugby punts it, the ball hits the ground, it rolls forever. You can’t get a return. You lose field position. When Rutgers did it [last season], we put a guy short and we caught the ball before it hit the ground, because the ball only goes about 30 yards. We catch the ball and return it five or 10 yards; it’s a net 25-yard punt. Go ahead and do that all you want.

“What’s a little different with this is if you know the guy is a right-footed punter, you put your short guy to the right because he can’t go to the left unless he is very good. But now when they have a left-footed punter they go to the left, too. The rugby [returner] has to know who is in the game to know which side to line up on. And then they changed that guy’s number. That’s what drives me nuts. Something should be unethical about that.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 19, 2008; 11:45 AM ET
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