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2012 ACC Championship: Seminoles' special teams pose challenge for Yellow Jackets

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets may be facing the best special teams unit they've seen all season against the Florida St. Seminoles. What have some of the specialists accomplished for the Seminoles this season?


The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are already facing a stiff challenge against a Florida St. Seminoles defense that is ranked second in total defense in FBS and an offense that averages 7.1 yards per play. In addition to that, the Yellow Jackets will also have to deal with the Seminoles' special teams, whom special teams coach David Walkosky says could be the best special teams unit they have faced this season:

"There's no question," Walkosky said. "You watch them, you see the guys all accomplish their goals in their blocks in what they're trying to do. They're all in the right position throughout the play. The other thing is they're very physical. Their kickoff team, when they run down the field, they've got bad intentions."

Some of the stats that Seminole specialists have put up this season include kicker Dustin Hopkins making 24 of 28 field goals including all five attempted from beyond 50 yards. Forty of his 95 kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks and the Seminoles' kickoff coverage team holds opponents to an average start at the 22-yard line, best in the ACC.

By comparison, the Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 9 in the conference in punt net, No. 11 kickoff coverage and last in field goal accuracy. The Yellow Jackets play the Seminoles in the ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. the game is set to kickoff at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.

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