Florida State punt return job up for grabs, again

Al Messerschmidt

Head coach Jimbo Fisher reopened the competition after Saturday's 28-22 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Despite having the second best punt return average in the ACC and being the only team in the conference with three punt returns for a touchdown, Jimbo Fisher is still looking for his best punt returner. Fisher reopened the job after sophomore Tyler Hunter muffed a punt in FSU's win over Virginia Tech on Saturday. Hunter had been averaging 15.8 yards per return this season but after his performance against VT and another muffed punt against the Duke Blue Devils, he's out of a job.

Fisher said although Hunter's returns for touchdowns were impressive, that isn't the thing he's most concerned about on punt returns.

The most important thing in punt returns is to catch the ball. I don’t care if you make a yard.

Wide receiver Rashad Greene was returning punts for the first eight weeks of the season but was benched because of inconsistencies. Fisher said other players could be a punt return option but Greene and Hunter will split reps at practice this week and it's unlikely they'll hold an open audition for the position of punt returner this late in the season.

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