Blocked punts were huge momentum swings in the UNC and Rutgers games (pivotal losses). Not to mention the poor field position or scores that resulted from all those blocked punts (something like 6 on the season).
UCONN plans to solve this in the coming season by installing a “spread punt” formation.
Cincinnati and Wake Forest are both examples of schools that use this system or punt-protection to execute this phase of special teams.
This has two advantages, mainly it changes the blocking point for the opposition and makes punt coverage much easier for those racing downfield.If executed correctly it should help to alleviate the miscues UCONN had on this team in the 2008 season.