Rocky Long considering not punting if past midfield
Posted by: Chris Vannini on August 13, 2012
After reading stories about controversial Arkansas high school coach Kevin Kelley, Rocky Long is considering not punting if past the 50-yard line or attempting field goals.
Kelley has been credited with the strategy of never punting and always kicking off onside, and the unique plan has worked. But could we see it more prevalent in college football?
"It's a day-to-day theory," Long told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I haven't decided because we're getting a feel for it out here. I just read about this guy, and I don't know if I can do that because everybody in the world is going to say this is not Football 101, right?
"But there's a reason why he's winning those games. Maybe he just has better players than everybody else; or maybe it's their team gets used to playing like that and the other teams don't get used to playing like that."
Kelley has posted a 104-19 record at the Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., and won three state championships. Aside from considering a punt a voluntary turnover, planning to use all four downs could change the play-call strategy on earlier downs and keep the defense guessing.
The paper reported the Aztecs went 1-for-5 on fourth down in a scrimmage on Saturday night. If forced to choose that night, Long said he wouldn't go with the plan, but opposing defenses should be prepared for the possibility an extra down of play come fall.
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