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kickoff reverse

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Published by: Michael Schearer on Nov 17, 2008
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Kickoff Reverse

In the immortal words of Clark "Dum Coach" Wilkins, "Youth players are like kittens.
Show them some string and they'll chase it all over the field." Misdirection is perhaps one
of the greatest ways to attack a defense.

It works on special teams, too. In 1990, when I was a player on the horribly inept
Sumner High School JV football team, we found that there were two plays we could get
consistent yardage on. One was the crack sweep (shown as the Wing-T "Wing right 27
pitch") and the other was our kickoff return.

The reason our return was so good is that we ran a reverse/fake reverse instead of the typical wedge return. Even with proper contain, the inside out blocking angles and the reverse action allowed us to continually break to the outside. Had we been faster we might have scored a lot more points. Especially since our lousy defense meant that we returned alot of kickoffs.

I despaired of ever finding that return again until a youth coach from Colorado told me
about a local high school that ran a reverse kickoff return. At my insistent begging, he
scouted them for me, and the diagram below is the kickoff return that netted Ridgemonte
High a 38 yard return average and four touchdowns in 1999.

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