I know that punting and punt returning has been an ongoing issue covered by the blog, but I have to admit to being a bit confused.
When Hagerup doesn't have the yips, he seems to boom the ball and get pretty good hang time, so that would lead one to assume that Michigan wouldn't be giving up much yardage on returns. Is the problem with our punt team simply one of formation design? What I mean is, are the coaches setting the formation in such a way that protecting the punter is given more consideration than getting defenders down the field to either force a fair catch or make a tackle?
I essentially have the same question about our punt return team. Much has been made about Gallon almost exclusively signaling for a fair catch. Is this because the idea is to sacrifice blockers for attacking the punter?