Jones, veterans join special teams units 

August, 7, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s ugly kick-coverage results from last season are old news by now, but the Bulldogs continue to work to make sure that won’t be a continuing storyline in 2012.

The Bulldogs ranked 116th out of 120 FBS teams in punt-return defense (they allowed 14.9 yards per return and two touchdowns) and 88th in kickoff-return defense (they allowed 23.1 yards per return and two more scores), so Mark Richt’s coaching staff has placed a much greater emphasis on solving those issues during spring and preseason practices.

“Just like I said back in the spring, we feel like it’s a situation where we need all hands on deck," Richt said. "In the past, you’d say, ‘Hey, if your heart’s not in it, don’t get on the team. We want guys whose heart’s in it.’ But this year, we’re saying, ‘You change your heart. If you don’t want to be on special teams, you change your heart and you get it in your heart to where you want to be on special teams.'

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