UNC running back Giovani Bernard returns a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in the Tar Heels' 62-0 victory against Elon on Saturday. PHOTO: Robert Willett
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina returned nine punts in its 62-0 victory against Elon on Saturday, and the Tar Heels returned those nine punts for 260 yards total – an average of 28.9 yards per return.
One thing to note before we go on: Elon is not a good football team. At least it wasn’t on Saturday. And the Phoenix, an FCS team from the Southern Conference, struggled on punt return coverage like it did in no other area, which is saying something.
That said, the Tar Heels had an all-time punt return performance on Saturday. To put it into perspective …