August 10, 2012

Changing the method

AUBURN -- Cody Parkey's unusually strong right leg allowed his to finish among national leaders in touchback percentage last season.

He doesn't want to repeat that performance this fall.

The NCAA has adopted new rules that are expected to significantly affect how kickoffs unfold in 2012. The ball will be placed at the 35-yard line to begin - five yards ahead of the previous mark - and touchbacks now lead to possession at the 25-yard line.

That's also a five-yard change. Those distances may seem almost insignificant, but they're eliciting big changes in how Auburn approaches things.

"You'll see more shorter kicks from me," Parkey said. "If it's in the end zone, a lot of return teams will probably take the touchback because it goes to the 25. So I'll try not to kick it as far on some of my kicks."

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