KICKOFF RETURN 2004 UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

KICK OFF RETURN CLINIC
1. PHILOSOPHY OF KICKOFF RETURN

OUT HUSTLE OUT HIT BE MENTALLY TOUGH .

FIELD POSITION + MOMENTUM = POINTS .

THE IMPORTANCE OF FIELD POSITION IN THE KICKING GAME 1 out of 30 GL-20 20-40 40-50 50-40 1 out of 8 1 out of 5 1 out of 3 1 out of 2 2 out of 3 40-20 20-10 .

Kickoff Return Team Score Big Hit 2 Blocks on 1 Play Key Block on Long Return Kickoff Return of 35+ Yards Great Effort / Big Play Execute a Key Block Kickoff Return Avg of 30+ Yards Per Game Break Tackle / Make 'em Miss Execute a Good Block Field Kick Properly 5 Yard Penalty 10 Yard Penalty LOAF Missed Assignment Lost Fumble 15 Yard Penalty Performance 6 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 -2 -4 -4 -4 -6 -6 0-2 TOTAL .

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KICK OFF RETURN CLINIC 1. PHILOSOPHY OF KICKOFF RETURN 2. KICKOFF RETURN GOALS .

SCORE OR SET UP A SCORE. 5.KICK OFF RETURN GOALS 1. 4. NO ASSIGNMENT ERRORS. START DRIVE ON THE 30 YARD LINE. AVERAGE 25 YARDS PER RETURN. 6. . 3. 2. PLAY PENALTY FREE. NO TURNOVERS.

KICKOFF RETURN AXIOMS . KICKOFF RETURN GOALS 3.KICK OFF RETURN CLINIC 1. PHILOSOPHY OF KICKOFF RETURN 2.

Prior to the kick. Never be offside. 5.KICKOFF RETURN AXIOMS 1. We can recover the ball once it leaves the kicker’s foot. Front line. “Don’t leave early.) See the ball kicked prior to leaving.key the ball! 3. determine the direction of the kick by identifying which direction the threads on the ball are facing. Never disperse to your position before our opponent’s kicking team breaks their huddle Good alignment . spacing and approach of the the kicker will also determine the direction of the kick. The angle. 6. Always block above the waist! . We will always huddle on the sideline in front of our bench prior to every return. 2. The depth of the front line depends on how deep the ball is kicked. After the ball travels 10 yards then our opponents can legally recover it. It does not have to travel 10 yards before we can recover it. 4.” (Be alert for an on side kick.

Wedge Captain get quick reading for calls. 11. Each man has an assignment . . 12. If there is any doubt that you might clip your man it is better that he makes the tackle than to clip him and loose 15 yards plus any additional yards we gained on the return. 10. 9. Front line avoid the ball . 8. Define where the ball is kicked and maintain proper leverage on the man you’re blocking. Yell loud and clear. If you maintain contact and run with him the returner can advance the ball past him.7. Never clip! Move your feet so you can get your body in proper position and anticipate your man turning.move quickly to your blocking area. Always stay with your man. “GO” . Sustain your block.let it go through. When we use double team schemes timing is absolutely critical. Timing is a “MUST” for good execution.

Any short pooch kick that our returners can’t catch in the air requires a “poison” call by the returner at which time the up backe/end should catch the ball in the air.13. Squib kicks. Receiving a kickoff after a SAFETY .“Down It!” 15. 14. Our designated safety must COMMUNICATE! Me! Me! You! You! Stay! Stay! 16. Up back and Ends never back up to catch the ball.Regular kickoff return team (Punt receivers deep). . or short pooch kicks. Any ball caught in the “End Zone” deeper than 5 yards . 17. dictate only 5 yard sets for the front line on the man you’re responsible for.

KICK OFF RETURN CLINIC 1. WEDGE KICKOFF RETURN . PHILOSOPHY OF KICKOFF RETURN 2. KICKOFF RETURN AXIOMS 4. KICKOFF RETURN GOALS 3.

WEDGE KICKOFF RETURN FRONT LINE. If we are counting “from the right” Center block R5. After you’ve picked out your blocking assignment. .Line up on the hash mark at the 20 yard line. Right Guard block R4. Guards line up on the hash mark with the outside foot slightly forward. Right Tackle block R3. set up and block you man out. At the 30 yard line. With the ball in the Middle of the field the Center should align facing and slightly turned to the direction of the kick offset approximately 1 yard to the opposite side of the direction of the kick. Tackles align with inside foot on top of the numbers and the outside foot slightly forward. Never retreat backwards towards the wedge to block a man you’ve missed. Left Guard block R5. If your man eludes you. Work to maintain inside leverage on your blocking assignment by looking over your shoulder as you retreat. UPBACKS . sprint back to the 30 yard line.Line up on top of the numbers at the 35 yard line with outside foot slightly forward facing inside. ENDS .Line up with back foot on the plus 49 yard line. move forward and block the next man coming down the field. Do not cross the 30 yard line until the ball is in the air. Left Tackle block L4. Everyone face the ball.

(Never cross the 10 yard line. the designated wedge captain will run to a position 12 yards in front of the ball. After the ball is kicked. One of the safeties will be designated to call the ball by shouting either “You.Line up just inside the hash marks. The Safety not receiving the ball also has the responsibility of signaling by waving has hands and shouting “Stay.SAFETIES . Depth will be determined by how deep the Kicker kicks the ball. The Safety who does not receive the ball will join the wedge as the end man on the left side. . Me”. Stay” if the kick goes into the end zone deeper than 5 yards. Everyone except the wedge captain should be facing the opposing team even before the wedge is set into motion. even when the ball is kicked into the end zone. and the safety not returning the ball.) All other members will join the captain and stand side by side in a good hit position. both up backs. Join the wedge on the right side only if the ball is between the left hash and sideline.The Wedge will be formed by both ends. THE WEDGE . You” or “Me.

PHILOSOPHY OF KICKOFF RETURN 2. RIGHT KICKOFF RETURN .KICK OFF RETURN CLINIC 1. WEDGE KICKOFF RETURN 5. KICKOFF RETURN GOALS 3. KICKOFF RETURN AXIOMS 4.

Left Guard blocks L5. At the 20 yard line. drop back to the 20 yard line and square up to R3. Locate your blocking assignment. “post” R3 and stop his forward progress.locate. R2. (NOTE: You will double team with the Right Up back. LE . set up and block your man inside. sprint back to the 15 yard line. Do not let him outside. When the ball is kicked.) .align same as Wedge return. (NOTE: double team with the Right Tackle.RIGHT KICKOFF RETURN FRONT LINE . Sprint back to the 20 yard line. Work to maintain outside leverage on your blocking assignment by looking over your shoulder as you retreat.locate. locate R2 and kick him out. R3. Left Tackle blocks L4. Never chase a coverage man downfield. Right Tackle blocks R3. At the 20 yard line. move forward and block the next man coming down the field. All blocking assignments for the front line are.align same as Wedge return. Right Guard blocks R4. Center blocks R5. If your man eludes you. ENDS . When the ball is kicked.) RE .

If no threat then “run the return” as if you had the ball and look for a scraper or safety. Right Up back .) SAFETIES . Start to the middle and the weave between the double team blocks on R3 and R2. Kick out block on R1.align the same as Wedge return. Drop back to the 15 yard line. Safety receiving the ball.Kick out block on R2.UP BACKS . .Locate R1.Locate R2. Drop back to the 12 yd line.align same as Wedge return. (NOTE: You will double team with the Left End. make sure you catch and secure the ball first. Safety not receiving the ball. look to the left and block any man trailing or chasing the ball carrier (usually L3). Left Up back .

KICK OFF RETURN CLINIC 1. KICKOFF RETURN GOALS 3. PHILOSOPHY OF KICKOFF RETURN 2. LEFT KICKOFF RETURN . RIGHT KICKOFF RETURN 6. KICKOFF RETURN AXIOMS 4. WEDGE KICKOFF RETURN 5.

Right Guard blocks R5. move forward and block the next man coming down the field. RE .LEFT KICKOFF RETURN FRONT LINE .align same as Wedge return. L3. (NOTE: You will double team with the left up back. (NOTE: double team with the Left Tackle. Left Guard blocks L4. If your man eludes you. drop back to the 20 yard line and square up to L3.align same as middle return. At the 20 yard line. ENDS . Locate your blocking assignment. Left Tackle blocks L3. At the 20 yard line. locate L2 and kick him out.) . When the ball is kicked. set up and block your man inside. sprint back to the 15 yard line. “post” L3 and stop his forward progress. L2. Sprint back to the 20 yard line. Never chase a coverage man downfield.) LE . Do not let your man outside.locate. Right Tackle blocks R4. All blocking assignments for front line. Center blocks L5. Work to maintain outside leverage on your blocking assignment by looking over your shoulder as you retreat. When the ball is kicked.locate.

Kick out block on L2. . Drop back to the 12 yd line. Left Up back .align same as Wedge return. make sure you catch and secure the ball first. (NOTE: You will double team with the Right End. Safety not receiving the ball. If no threat then “run the return” as if you had the ball and look for a scraper or safety.align the same as Wedge return. Kick out block on L1.UP BACKS .) SAFETIES . look to the right and block any man trailing or chasing the ball carrier (usually R3).Locate L1.Locate L2. Start to the middle and then weave between the double team blocks on L3 and L2. Drop back to the 15 yard line. Right Up back . Safety receiving the ball.

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