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The Punt: Winning The Most Important Play Of The Game

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© April, 2003


by Rob Keys
Special Teams and Secondary Coach, University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio

THEREíS NO BIGGER PLAY in a football game than the punt. If you canít punt, you canít win ó itís that simple.
Weíve had the most success in the punting game when we keep things simple for our players. They have basic, man-to-man assignments, so if things do break down, we know who needs to understand his role better or who needs to be reassigned off the punt team.

One of the hardest parts of coaching the punt team is to drill your players into learning that once the ball is kicked, they must make the switch from offensive player to defender. 

Objectives Of Punting
We only use defensive players on our punt team so we donít have to waste time training offensive players how to tackle and strip the ball.

There are six guidelines your team should follow to win the punting battle during every ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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