Special teams one of few holes in Blue Jays’ undefeated start

Not much is going wrong right now for the undefeated Westminster College football team right now.

Offensively, the Blue Jays have skill players ready and waiting to have a breakout game. Defensively, they are coming off a 54-0 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference shutout win over Martin Luther in which they sacked the quarterback five times and allowed 172 yards of total offense.

Westminster’s one vulnerable spot? Special teams, specifically a kickoff coverage unit that is allowing almost 23 yards per return this season. And Saturday’s opponent, the Greenville (Ill.) College Panthers, do that very well.

“With the kicking game, kids just have to execute,” Westminster head coach John Welty said on Thursday afternoon. “Teams are going to try and knock us out of our coverage lanes, which is natural, but we’ll have to fight our way back in.”

Westminster (3-0, 2-0 UMAC) travels to winless Greenville (0-2, 0-1 UMAC) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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