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May 2012

May 2012


Special Teams – Practice Schedule, Goals, and Critique

by: Erik Ieuter
Special Teams Coordinator, Michigan Tech
© May 2012

Our players understand the importance of special teams because of the amount of time that we put in coaching them. Starting in the spring, we spend a minimum of 10 minutes per day on the “big four” – punt, kickoff, kick return and punt return. We also put in extra point/field goal work in every day. We keep it fresh by changing up drills as much as possible.

We run a traditional punt formation and we changed our scheme slightly and spent a lot of time in the spring on punt. It paid off as we went from #12 in the league in net punting to #3 in 2010 with no blocked punts, giving up only 0.5 yards per return. Here is a sample of our schedule.

Practice #1

PUNT - 4 Minutes - Stance, kick slide vertical depth (2 groups).

3 Minutes - Group kick slide (Right/Left side - make call with center snap and PP).

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