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WATCH: John Papuchis talks special teams miscues at Clemson

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“Going in, the mentality and the mindset is to field all kicks to prevent the hidden yardage that happens.”

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Florida State football held their first practice of NC State game week this morning. The Seminoles are rebounding from a 30-20 loss against the Clemson Tigers this past week. The ‘Noles struggled on special teams, specifically in the punt return game as they lost a lot of hidden yardage. After practice today, special teams coordinator John Papuchis spoke to the media on the special teams performance. Here’s some of what he had to say:

“Obviously that’s been a source of frustration throughout the course of the full year. We’ve given up a lot of hidden yardage just by letting the ball hit the ground.”

“One of our number one objectives is to field all kicks. Going in, the mentality and the mindset is to field all kicks to prevent the hidden yardage that happens. Now, you’ve got to be a good decision maker.”

“Our number one team objective is to own the football. We want the offense to have the next snap no matter what. We’re going to make sure that that happens. With that being said, that’s where the judgement comes into play. Within reason, we want to field all kicks.”

“There was two balls for sure that hit the ground the other day that we absolutely need to field. The last kick, give credit where it needs to be. They roll punted, they kicked it back across the field, they were trying to keep it out of his hands... Now get on top of the ball so the clock stops rolling, that’s a critical piece of it.”

For Papuchis’ full presser, see below: