If the Georgia State Panthers want to have a chance at beating the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday, they'll need to get a strong performance out of their special teams unit, according to Doug Roberson of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In the Panthers season opening game, a 33-6 loss to South Carolina State, kicker Matt Ehasz missed two of his four field goals attempts, creating concern for the team heading forward. This week, though, Christian Benvenuto, who was suspended for the season opener after an offseason arrest, is set to return and could reclaim the starting job at kicker. Benvenuto connected on nine of his 17 attempts last season.
Despite Benvenuto's return to the lineup, coach Bill Curry was mum about who would start at kicker this week and said it would be a game time decision.
Another sign of hope for the Panthers on special teams was the play of punter Matt Hubbard, who averaged 62.2 yards per punt, including one that went for 80 yards, against South Carolina State.
Georgia State also limited South Carolina State to 20.5 yards per kickoff return, while recording a 24.1 kickoff return average of its own. The Panthers will need to continue -- or improve upon -- that play, though, if they want to stand a fighting chance against Tennessee.