Several times this year when Michigan was punting, we had a gunner split wide. The defense moved their DB in to put pressure on the punter and Michigan responded by moving the gunner in to block their DB instead of leaving him alone lined up outside.
Would it be that difficult to run a play where in this situation the ball is snapped to the upback who throws to the wide open gunner (or it just goes right to the punter to make the throw).
For example, we had a wide open gunner on a 4th and 3 against Iowa...it seems to me that we would have a great chance to convert that nearly every single time our opponent chooses to leave a gunner wide open. Although one would assume the punt rush was coming quick, the audible to the throw could give some protection and the pass would be out quick as you know where the ball is going.
Ohio State also left a gunner completely unguarded with no one any where near him today.
Is there something that I am missing. Is it really that difficult for a non-QB to complete a pass for short yardage with no one in the vicinity on the intended target?