Kickoffs moving up to 35-yard line

February, 24, 2012
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The NCAA has decided to move kickoffs from the 30- to the 35-yard line next season in college football, meaning there are sure to be more touchbacks than ever before.

The thinking behind the move is for safety reasons. So many of the injuries that occur during the course of the game come on returns. This way, there will be fewer returns after a team scores.

It was difficult to find college kickers who could consistently put the ball in the end zone from the 30-yard line.

And with more balls being kicked into the end zone next season, you wonder if coaches will be as quick to put marquee offensive players back there to return kickoffs, especially with the ball coming out now to the 25-yard line on a touchback.

Something else to watch, with touchbacks now coming out to the 25, is whether coaches will work more on directional kicking and emphasize getting even more height on kickoffs to have a better shot at tackling returners inside the 20.

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