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Friday, September 19, 2008
Witherspoon, return game a bright spot for Jags

By Paul Kuharsky

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

While the Jaguars have struggled in many areas en route to a 0-2 start, their bright spot has been pretty obvious and has arrived courtesy of an undrafted rookie free agent.

Jacksonville ranks in the top four in the NFL in both kick and punt return average.

Their average drive start is past the 30-yard line.

And the electrifying Brian Witherspoon is third in the league in kickoff returns (34.8) and tied for fourth in punt returns (17.7).

The return game was not a strength last season, and Jack Del Rio did not hesitate to give the return jobs to Witherspoon over veterans Dennis Northcutt and Maurice Jones-Drew, who held them last year.

Witherspoon is making Del Rio look very smart for doing so thus far.