Tim Dwight became a Hawkeyes football legend largely because of his ability to return punts.
The former City High star returned five punts for touchdowns and was a consensus all-America return specialist as a senior in 1997.
That’s why it’s hard for Dwight to accept that current Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is seriously considering having his team not return punts anymore.
Dwight issued a brief statement on Wednesday explaining how he feels.
“Special teams is a crucial part of the game of football and discounting any part of it can lead to disadvantages,” Dwight said.
Dwight, who also played nine seasons in the NFL, declined to make any additional comment.
Ferentz raised a few eyebrows after last Saturday’s 26-14 loss to Michigan State when he said he might not set up for another punt return. He repeated those comments Tuesday while meeting with reporters.
A fake punt by Michigan State on the first play of the fourth quarter led to a field goal.
It marked the sixth time since 2010 that an opponent has successfully executed a fake punt against Iowa.
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