Harvin ranks 18th nationally and tops among freshmen with a 44.1 yards-per-punt average. He finished second in the ACC in punting, and 32 percent of his punts were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. He was fifth in the league in net punting, averaging nearly 40 yards per kick after returns.
The Buccaneers, a fellow “bad dangerous team,” fell flat in Lambeau Field because they made mistakes and couldn’t protect Jameis Winston, and Winston wasn’t capable of running out of trouble. Kizer has the same cannon, and his mobility can cause problems for the Packers — while buying time to find Gordon in a favorable matchup downfield.
The Ravens have found some more passing pop of late, but they’re still make-or-break based on the success of their running game. Now they’re also down Jimmy Smith, the cornerback who would have made things tough on Gordon.
“I came to realization that it might not happen, and I was OK with that. I really was,” he said. “If people thought it was a tad short, I could live with that.”
Former catcher Ted Simmons fell one vote shy, and former players’ union head Marvin Miller was five short of the 12 needed.
“It’s not a big surprise,” Miller’s son, Peter, said from Japan. “I think my father’s place in history is understood by all baseball players, all baseball fans and the general public.”
The lineup invokes memories of the old Sesame Street tune, “One Of These Things (Is Not Like The Other).”