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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Kansas punter Matthew Wyman takes blame for special teams blunders

Kansas junior punter Matthew Wyman (7) is drilled by Kansas State senior Morgan Burns (33) after mishandling the snap during the annual Sunflower Showdown game Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas junior punter Matthew Wyman (7) is drilled by Kansas State senior Morgan Burns (33) after mishandling the snap during the annual Sunflower Showdown game Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

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A pair of punting problems played a huge role in Kansas University's 45-14 loss to Kansas State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, and Kansas punter Matthew Wyman took full blame for both of them.

The first hiccup, which came on the end of KU's game-opening three-and-out possession, featured Wyman dropping the snap and getting rocked by the K-State rush as he tried to recover.

Two possessions later, with the bobbled snap still in his mind, Wyman made sure to look the ball all the way into his hands and that gave the Wildcats the extra time they needed to block the punt and pick up an easy touchdown.

“It just wasn't my day punting, I guess,” Wyman said. “I don't know if I wasn't focused mentally or what. I'm gonna take the blame for it.”

Added KU coach David Beaty of the momentum-changing special teams miscues: “We haven't had a punt blocked all year. That's disappointing to end of the year with the punt being blocked in a game, as much time as we put into it. That might be one of the most disappointing things that I've experienced as a coach this year. I know our staff feels the same way and the kids do, as well. I don't think I saw that one coming.”

Botched punts aside, Wyman had a rough day even when he did get a foot on the ball. The place-kicker-turned-punter averaged a season-low 31.4 yards on five attempts.

“It's definitely hard to get back in your rhythm after two things go bad,” he said. “I was fighting myself the rest of the game to try and get my mind back in it.”

— See what people were saying about the Sunflower Showdown during KUsports.com’s live coverage


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Comments

David Kemp 4 years, 3 months ago

We need to recruit kickers and punters. Guys like wyman have no place on this team. If you are really serious about improvement then start with special teams!

W Keith Swinehart II 4 years, 3 months ago

Wyman was of the bright spots for the year. That is how I will remember him; not for his one bad day.

Edward Daub 4 years, 3 months ago

I was surprised he was not benched for the other punter who started the season. I don't remember his name, he also struggled, and maybe he was injured.

Stan Unruh 4 years, 3 months ago

There are high school punters and kickers all over Kansas and beyond who could out perform the KU guys the past 3 seasons. (except for Pardula) Why can't the coaches bring in some competent kickers? We had the Honshtein kid from Texas on campus last spring but he left for Sam Houston State? Wyman is not a punter but has done better on kickoffs this year.

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 3 months ago

Matthew is just another example of the lack of depth. He's a kicker and only became the punter by default.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 3 months ago

The first problem was definitely caused by Wyman, who dropped a perfect snap.

But there's no reason he should have to take the blame for the blocked punt, as it came from a guy who was unblocked (so to speak) - and I don't think it had anything whatsoever to do with him looking the ball into his hands.

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