Beamer Ball 2.0 was one of the main reasons South Carolina won eight games in the 2022 regular season. Beamer Ball 2.0 relies on effective and comprehensive special teams play to find ways to steal yards and subsequent possessions from opponents.
Under the guidance of Special Teams Coordinator Pete Lembo, the Gamecocks have come a long way on the ball side in the last two years. Various analytical metrics rate it as the most efficient special teams unit in all of college football.
On this rare occasion, Garnet and Black face the Unit on almost equal footing. Notre Dame is also rated as a top 10 team in terms of special teams efficiency, making it the best unit South Carolina has faced all year.
Last Thursday, Lembo revealed to the media that he appreciates Fighting Irish and how their special teams unit looks, plays and stresses out opponents. made it
“This is an outstanding Special Teams unit. If you look at their team as a whole, they are a very big, physical, tough, hard-playing team and that is very much reflected in their Special Teams unit. A challenging matchup for you in terms of physicality, effort and length.”
Lembo said he can tell how his team locks in during the game based on the effort given in plays such as the PAT. At Notre Dame this is not a problem at all.
“They strain in coverage, they strain to block field goals, they strain to block punts… I mean, they do as many punts as Jerry Seinfeld had a girlfriend. , which means we blocked more than anyone else in this country.”
Beyond ’90s sitcom references, Notre Dame is in this game of leading the nation in blocked punts, registering 7 so far in the season under freshman special teams coordinator Brian Mason. did.
In games that are very likely to end up in just a few plays, battles between these special team units could determine the ultimate winner, and according to Lembo, playing these bowl games It is very common at times.
“A lot of these games will be like early season games where special teams are expanded. What you can do to beat yourself is expanded in all three phases of the game.”
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