NET PUNTING, Central Michigan, 28.7 yards
LOW POINT: Of 62 punts, four were blocked and two were returned for touchdowns. EXCUSE: Not for lack of work: Jake Kemp set school record in 1998 with 80 kicks. COMMENT: Former Michigan offensive coordinator Mike DeBord replaced head coach Dick Flynn last week.
PUNT RETURNS, North Carolina, 3.1 yards per return
LOW POINT: Three returns for minus 14 yards in a 45-7 loss to Maryland. EXCUSE: Blocking stunk. COMMENT: Tar Heels offense was so bad that only a return for a touchdown would have mattered.
KICKOFF RETURNS, Illinois, 16.3 yards per return
LOW POINT: Down 3-0 at Louisville, Rocky Harvey fumbled the kickoff. Cards recovered and took 10-0 lead before Illini took a snap. EXCUSE: Misleading, Illini say. Fifth in nation during 3-8 season in '98, they received more onside and squib kicks while going 7-4 this fall. COMMENT: Hope? Freshman Brandon Lloyd broke off a 41-yarder against Minnesota on Oct. 16.