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By: Quinton McDawg
If you haven't heard by now, one of the noteworthy rule changes for the 2007 season is a new edict on kickoff ball placement. Instead of the familiar 35 yard line mark for kickoffs, the NCAA has moved the ball back to the 30 yard line, inspiring fear and altering strategies. An extra five yards of field position can be critical, especially at the end of a tight game. While I do not want to minimize the rule change in any way, I don’t think it will affect
First, since Richt took over,
The Dawgs seem to prefer a high, fluttering kick to the corner of the field and let coverage race down and tackle. So, Georgia is already familiar with the type of strategy most coaches are likely to employ because that is exactly the strategy we've been using for the past several years. Kick it high and stay in your coverage lane. It’s a strategy that has worked for UGA.
Second, the kickoff coverage for the Dawgs will be better. Richt has noted that the stockpile of redshirt freshmen are good looking athletes with size and speed. Reshad Jones, Darryl Gamble, Akeem Dent and Quintin Banks are often noted by Richt when kickoff coverage comes up. This year,
So, while we may see less of this:We should see more of this:
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