After experimenting with different options on kick returns, coach Skip Holtz said he’s ready to give the job to sophomore wide receiver Lindsey Lamar.
Lamar, who switched from running back to slot receiver during spring practice, has totaled 87 yards on three kick returns this season.
Sophomore cornerback Kayvon Webster and senior wide receiver Dontavia Bogan have also returned kicks this year.
“Right now, Lindsey Lamar is the guy I’d like to see get the nod back there,” Holtz said. “We just have to make the most of our kickoff returns. We haven’t had all that many of them.”
Webster returned a kick to the 18-yard line against Western Kentucky.
“I thought he didn’t make a real wise choice on the one deep ball he caught going backwards about three yards deep,” Holtz said of Webster. “I didn’t think that was a real smart decision. We’re putting Lindsey Lamar back there.”
Sophomore punter Justin Brockhaus-Kann, who’s third in the nation with 48.1 yards per punt, didn’t practice Tuesday or Wednesday because of back spasms, Holtz said, and his status is uncertain for Saturday.
“He could be fine. He’s just struggling right now,” Holtz said. “I don’t know exactly what the status is going to be with him. We’re just going to have to see how he responds to treatment.”
Holtz said he’s thought about adding freshman Chris Veron to the mix. Another option at punter is senior kicker Eric Schwartz, Holtz said.
Team points to 2008
In 2007, with then-No. 6 USF and Florida Atlantic locked in a 28-23 battle in Boca Raton late in the fourth quarter, the Bulls tacked on a touchdown late to defeat the Owls 35-23.
Only a handful of current players participated in that game, but Holtz said they served a warning reminder to the rest of the team.
FAU beat UAB its first game 32-31 and lost to Michigan State, currently ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/coaches’ poll, 30-17.
“They understand what we’re in for,” Holtz said. “The same attitude we took into Florida is the same attitude that they’re going to bring in here. We have to turn and be ready to play.”