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Kickoffs Moved to 35, Touchbacks to 25

Talk about shifting strategies. I figured the kickoffs would move from the 30 to 35, following suit of the NFL changes this season (to increase player safety). But also moving touchbacks seems surprising. There's going to be much more incentive to knee it from the endzone now. At least we'll have a little less to worry about in terms of poor kickoff coverage!

From the AP press release:

"Kickoffs in major college football will move from the 30 to the 35-yard line next season, a change intended to keep players safer.

The change was approved this week by the NCAA playing rules oversight panel, which also said the running start by players on the kicking team will be limited to 5 yards.

The NFL moved up kickoffs 5 yards this past season and touchbacks increased dramatically. Another new NCAA rule involving free kicks will move touchbacks from the 20 to the 25-yard line, a move intended to encourage more touchbacks.

The panel also approved a rule that will require a player who loses his helmet during a play to leave the game for one play, and there are also new guidelines regarding blocking below the waist and blocking on punt returns. Players will also be prohibited from leaping over blockers when trying to block punts.

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