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    Silver lining of kickoff from 30

    From Ames Trib:
    "Iowa State, for the most part, didn't have very many touchbacks last year anyway, so it's not really going to affect us," Boulware said. "But for some of those teams who the kicker was kicking that ball in the back of the end zone or the ball was getting downed every time, they might get exposed to more this year."

    In other words we were not even close to forcing touchbacks from the 35 so we have no chance from the 30, but at least we had to actually cover kicks, unlike those other teams that just blasted the kickoff out of the endzone.



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    Re: Silver lining of kickoff from 30

    I think that we have a nice selection of possible returners. If Boulware can get good blocking schemes installed, we should be in for some good returns.


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    Re: Silver lining of kickoff from 30

    Does anyone know the average kickoff length for the practices so far. We could be in serious trouble if we can only kick the ball to the 20-25 yard line. Thats like spotting them 2 first downs per possession.



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    Re: Silver lining of kickoff from 30

    Based on what I saw in the Spring game, I would guess without wind (for or against) we are looking at our kickoffs ranging from the 5yd line to the 20yd line with most of them around the 10-15yd line.



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    Re: Silver lining of kickoff from 30

    I'm happy about the change, I think kickoffs are one of the most exciting plays in football, even if it is one of the most dangerous.




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    Re: Silver lining of kickoff from 30

    I believe that the guys last year could kick it into the endzone it's just the old coaches wanted them to kick it off so it would land from the goal line to the 5 and to the corner. The kickers stuggled to pin point the ball to this area and have enough hang time. This was one thing that Yelk was very good at when he was here kicking it very high and having it land right near the goal line so the return guy would have to return it and the cover team was able to get down there and cover it before they got to the 20. I use to work with Yelk at Paddy's and he said he could put it through the endzone every time but the plan was to try and pin the other team inside the 20. With this change I think the kicks can just work on kicking the ball as high and far as they can and that will put the ball right near the goal line.


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    Re: Silver lining of kickoff from 30

    Where does the receiving team start if the kick goes out of bounds? Did this change? The penalty wouldn't be as bad if the returns are longer now.



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    Re: Silver lining of kickoff from 30

    Quote Originally Posted by hoosman View Post
    Where does the receiving team start if the kick goes out of bounds? Did this change? The penalty wouldn't be as bad if the returns are longer now.
    Still have to clear the 35 on the out of bounds. It will be harder to angle it in there correctly to hit between the 35 and goal line. And if you can kick it that far at an angle, why not just straighten it out and kick it to the 5 or 10.


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    Re: Silver lining of kickoff from 30

    Everyone seems to be freaking out about this. Our kickoff coverage wasn't that bad last year. We were 7th in the conference (I think), but teams average start on the kickoff was only the 24. That only included 13 touchbacks, fewest in the league. Even the top team in the league only pushed teams back to the 21. Prior years we were 2nd, 5th, 11th, 4th and 8th in the league. A little inconsistant and very bad 1 year, but not as bad as some people make it out to be.



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    Re: Silver lining of kickoff from 30

    I think it was the year Shaggy was kicking off for a hurt Yelk is what I was thinking of. He was kicking the ball off to the 20 at the farthest. Of Course that was a few years ago.



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    Re: Silver lining of kickoff from 30

    If ISU keeps the same KOR scheme as the past few years that they have been at or near the top of the Big 12, then this could really be a good thing for us that we will have more opportunities to return.


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