Hawk Fanatic TV: LeVar Woods talks about Iowa’s success on special teams
Hawkeye Special Teams Coordinator Meets with Media Wednesday
IOWA CITY, Iowa – LeVar Woods was named the Iowa football team’s special teams coordinator in March, 2017, and it’s probably no coincidence that special teams have been a strength ever since then.
That is especially true this season as Iowa has excelled in all facets of special teams.
From Tory Taylor’s punting to Caleb Shudak’s kicking to Charlie Jones returning punts and kicks, the performance on special teams has helped Iowa win seven of nine games this season.
Woods, a former Hawkeye linebacker who also played in the NFL, held a zoom conference with the media on Wednesday and talked in great detail about the performance of Iowa’s special teams.
Taylor is ranked fourth in the Big Ten with a 45.78 average on 58 punts, while Shudak has made 12-of-14 field-goal attempts, with a long from 51 yards.
Jones leads the conference with 271 punt return yards on 26 returns, and is averaging 23.93 yards on 15 kick returns.
“There’s a play waiting to happen every time Charlie is back there,” Woods said Wednesday.
Iowa faces Minnesota on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium in a key West Division matchup, and special teams could go a long way in determining the winner.
Here is video from the entire interview with Woods: