Sorry, should have been alleviate, not alive... I do not have any special connections to coaches or the team, other than having a son as a member of that team. I express only my opinion on this board as does anyone else. IMO, short of Townsend breaking his leg, or a debilitating injury, Kyle will not see the field again, regardless of perceived competition. A coach doesn't burn a redshirt and later admit that it might have been a mistake by benching him. Just can't see that happening, but would be happy to be wrong. Last season, kicking and punting greatly aided the team in winning several games (IMO). This season, despite what some might think (IMO), punting has not cost the team a "W". In the LSU game Kyle was eviscerated for 2 touchbacks. On the 2 LSU possessions after the touchbacks, LSU want 36 and 33 yards and punted (per box score stats from the game)each time. In Townsend's first game @ Missouri, he also had 2 touchbacks. Missouri punted after the first one, and kicked a field goal after the second. IMO, punting didn't win or lose either game. Everyone on a team believes that they can (and wants to) contribute to success. When coach calls your number, you don't think twice, you grab your helmet and take the field. You can't blame a player for wanting to get in the game and give it his all. As to "ruining" anyone's career, that has not yet happened. But if the dream of playing at the next level is still alive, you'd better be the starter your senior year.