10. Who will be the punt returner?
Trevor Davis was last year’s return man and fared pretty well when he was actually returning punts. He averaged 12 yards a return and had a long of 65 yards.
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Unfortunately, it was when he wasn’t returning them that was the issue. Davis had an unruly infatuation with fair-catching the ball inside the 10 or even the five-yard line. In the NFL, there’s the general rule that states you allow the ball to bounce once it gets inside the 10-yard line in hopes it rolls into the end zone and ends in a touchback.
Alexander returned punts for most of his college career, even though he dropped out of that role during his final season at Louisville. Still, he returned one for a touchdown during his sophomore campaign and appears to have the needed ability to be placed in that role.
He may not be as good as Davis with the ball in his hands, but Alexander’s roster spot is at least a lock. That couldn’t be further from the truth for Davis who will have his hands full proving his worth. Alexander just might provide that necessary backup as the punt returner that makes Davis completely expendable.