Maybe that explanation would work if it wasn’t exactly the same last year.
When you have an offense as explosive as ours, I think the thought process is let’s make a clean catch and starting there is better than losing 10 yards.
Washington led nation in returns last year - averaged 36ppg (10-3).
TCU was top 10 in returns - averaged 34ppg (11-3).
UCF finished 6th in returns - averaged 48ppg (13-0).
What do those teams have in common? You can have an explosive offense and good special teams and double-digit wins because you have good coaching.
so incredibly difficult to get a combination of enough room to catch and run
I fail to see how this is an issue. Everyone else in the country can do it.