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Offline jvcoach

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Center Release
« on: August 25, 2017, 05:21:27 PM »
Just checking to see if I got this correct... by NFHS rules, upon snapping the ball the center (and the entire o-line for that matter) can immediately release downfield to cover the impending punt.  They do not need to wait for the ball to be punted.  My long snapper also happens to be one of my better open field tacklers and I want him on the return man ASAP.

Offline coacharnold

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Re: Center Release
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017, 08:54:27 PM »
You are correct.

We have ours take off straight downfield as soon as he snaps it.  His job is to make a beeline for the return man.

Offline Bob Goodman

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Re: Center Release
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 05:36:39 PM »
The NCAA, a few years before the NFL, adopted a restriction on OL downfield on scrimmage kicks, but they kept it for only a season or 2, because the "gunners" were getting killed.

Offline fizzlife

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Re: Center Release
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2017, 05:38:05 PM »
Last season, our long snapper was our best player on the team.  Fastest.  Best tackler.  Best runner.  Probably best passer if we let him.  lol  He made so many plays on Punt coverage.  Always the first or second player to the ball, if it was a good punt.  We released him immediately.  THis season, our long snapper is our starting center also, he focuses on a good snap and staying in to block until the kick is away, as his snaps have been a bit slow.  As he improves, we can get more aggressive.
Dave

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