NCAA Moves Kickoffs Up To 35 Yard Line
Kickoffs in major college football have officially been moved up 5 yards from the 30 to the 35. It’s not the only change to special teams either. In addition, touchbacks (on free kicks only) will be moved from the 20 to the 25.
The NCAA playing rules oversight panel also approved a rule that will only allow a 5 yard running start by players on the kickoff team.
Changes were made to the punting game as well. A new rule will prohibit players from jumping over blockers when trying to block a punt.
Special teams players are most likely frustrated with the new rules, as the NCAA just wiped out key elements of the game.
Touchbacks will undoubtedly rise, eliminating a plethora of kick return opportunities. Block punts will likely cut back as well, as some punt rushers will need a new strategy to force the block.