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Fine-Tuning Your Field-Goal/PAT Units Ensures Critical Red-Zone Execution

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© April, 2006


by Lester Erb & Ron Aiken
Assistant Coaches, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

THE PLACEKICK IS crucial to your team’s success and often determines the final outcome of the game. We stress to our players about the importance of field goal and extra point (FG/PAT) units and that they should expect to score every time they take the field, but not to take it for granted.

A successful FG/PAT team must:
-    Be disciplined in substitution.
-    Be disciplined in alignment and technique.
-    Have a great snap, hold and kick.
-    Have confidence in their ability to execute the kick.
-    Take pride in doing the job well.

The Huddle
The center sets the huddle 8 yards from the line of scrimmage with his back to the LOS. He always sets the huddle on the right hash mark unless the ball is on the right hash mark — in that case, he sets the huddle to the left of the ball.

In the huddle, the offensive linemen face the holder, ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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