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© April, 2002
Proficient Punting Can Turn A Game Around

by Mark Hoffman
Head Coach, and Todd VanKeppel, Specialty Coach, Valparaiso High School, Valparaiso, Ind.

FIELD POSITION WINS and loses football games. If you consistently allow your opponent to start their drives with better field position than your team ó you will lose.

Thatís what makes the punt the most important play in football. No other play can gain or lose more yards for your team, which is why it should be treated as a priority in practice rather than as an afterthought. 

Proper Alignment
The first step to protecting your punter is to have the blockers and backs in perfect position to block all the gaps. For your punt team, itís best to use your defensive ends, backs and linebackers and line them up this way:

ő  Keep a 2-foot split between the center and the two offensive guards. The OGs should be set back a little with their toes lined up with the center ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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