ATLANTA — To a novice, returning a punt seems like one of the most difficult sporting feats to comprehend and execute.
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Just take it from B.J. Bostic, a Georgia Tech true freshman who is currently being nurtured into becoming a pro at it.
“Basically, you’ve got to judge the ball,” the young multi-threat skill player said of his return technique. “It’s all about the nose of the football and how it’s going to come down. You’ve got to see that and then get to the right spot, then get your feet set. Once you’ve got your feet set, then you’ve got to accelerate vertically.”
Jerrard Tarrant is pictured here running back an interception for a touchdown in last season's Orange Bowl. The electric punt returner is hoping to start off 2010 much the way he did 2009. Photo credit: McClatchy Services
And, if one is lucky, that acceleration will lead down a path — however circuitously — into the end zone.
Jerrard Tarrant, the old hand whose shoes Bostic hopes to one day fill, has gotten familiar with that path before.
Two times last season, in successive weeks to start the year, Tarrant fielded booming punts, turned on the jets and weaved his way through and around opposing special teams units until he hit pay dirt, and placed six points on the scoreboard for the Yellow Jackets.
“Hopefully I can do the same thing (to start this year),” Tarrant said earlier this week. “I always want to do better than I did before.”
The pair of electrifying moments from last September helped spur the Yellow Jackets to wins over Jacksonville State and Clemson to provide a little early-season momentum....
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