According to this article over at the mother ship, new Cowboys kickoff specialist David Buehler believes he can have a touchback ratio of 80%, at Cowboys Stadium at least. Does 80% seem like a lofty goal to anyone else? According to this well written article by BishopWest, Rhys Lloyd from Carolina was the best at putting the ball in the end zone on kick-offs last season. Lloyd had 30 touchbacks on 88 attempt for an average of 34% touchbacks. So, for Buehler to reach his goal of 80%, he will have to more than double the production of the best kickoff kicker in the league. Seems like a tough taks.
Bishop also points out that last year Buehler put 48 of 88 kickoffs (55%) out of reach to returners in the college game. Obviously this is using the college ball and kicking tee, which seem to favor the college kicker. So, again, he would have to improve upon last years stats by almost 50% to hit that 80% ratio.
I'll admit, I'm starting to get on board with the selection of the kickoff specialist. And if he can consistently start teams off at their 20 yard line, I think we will all quickly become fans. He's setting expectations pretty high, hopefully he's got the leg to back it up.