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The Spread Punt For Better Coverage and Simpler Protection

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© October, 2008


by Kyle St. George
Special Teams Coordinator Xavier High School Middletown (CT)

Why the Spread?

    Every year at Xavier High School I begin our first special teams meeting of the season by discussing the importance of the punt unit. It is my belief that few plays can influence the outcome of a game more drastically than a blocked punt or a punt that is returned for a touchdown. This understanding of the punting game is what led our staff to explore the option of the spread punt more than three years ago. For several years we had struggled to protect our punter vs. more aggressive opponents and we were tired of losing the momentum in tight games due to special teams errors. It was the bitterness of these experiences that led us to experiment with the spread punt and the results have been exactly what we hoped.

    When we sat down to discuss the possibility of adopting the spread, there were several benefits that we th ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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