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Making an Impact with Your Kickoff Returnby: Wendell Smith
Special Teams Coordinator Ottawa University
© October/November 2011
For a successful kickoff return, it is critical for all 11 players – including the deep returners – to think about making their block.
There is almost nothing that compares to returning the opening kickoff of the season for a 95-yard touchdown against your school’s historic rival. The capacity crowd who had not yet made it to their seats for our 2010 opening game missed one of the most exciting moments of the year, a moment that made a statement to our opponent that we had come to win. That play was one of many exciting moments for our special teams units last season. It provided our staff with a great teaching tool by emphasizing the impact we can have on special teams.
I have been blessed to work with three head coaches in my career that have truly understood the importance of special teams play. Supporting special te....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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