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© June, 2006
Flawless Fundamentals For Productive Kick Returning

by Bill Lynch
Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

OUR RETURN TEAM uses a 2-deep return set, with the kickoff returner aligned at the 5-yard line, 3 yards outside the hash marks. The returner needs to know the opposing teamís kicker, his average distance and where he likes to place the ball. He must also know what type of kick the kicker likes and what kind of hang time he gets on kicks. A scouting report should help the returner know where to align based on the kickerís tendencies.

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