Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly jokingly answered a question about possibly using running back George Atkinson III as a punt returner since the sophomore showed he was more than capable of returning kickoffs last year.
Atkinson returned to kickoffs for touchdowns and amassed 915 return yards.
"Why, do we need help there?" Kelly said.
Kelly's humor aside, the coach knows that there is plenty of room for improvement after averaging 3.7 punt return yards per game last season. And he said he shared some of the blame for the poor punt return performance.
"I think when you look at the punt return situation from last year, Michael Floyd showed that he could probably be a great punt returner," Kelly said. "I think if there was a problem with punt return last year, it was that the head coach didn't put Michael Floyd back there quicker.
"If you look at all the teams that had great punt return teams last year, they had No. 1 draft picks or guys that are going to be No. 1 draft picks because it is so hard to return a punt. Northwestern led the Big Ten last year and they returned eight punts all of last year. We returned fifteen. It's just a tough play now in college football with the spread punt and the ability to get downfield before the ball is kicked."