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© February, 2009

by Abe Mikell
Defensive Line Coach & Special Teams Coordinator, Stuarts Draft High School (VA)

In my opinion, kick off is probably the 2nd most important special team, punt is the first. When you design your kick off coverage, you have to make sure that there are no huge gaps in the cover lanes. When repping it, you have to be certain that your players understand their relation to each other on the field. Your cover unit has to stay even relative to each other. If not you�re going to give the return team a seam to run through.


  I really don't think this is an area overlooked by many coaches. Most coaches today are aware of the momentum that a KO returned for a touchdown can bring a team. It means a lot to me personally, because I started my first season as a head coach with a kick off returned for a touchdown. That's definitely something I do not want to ever happen again.

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