Day admit that he would vote against kickoffs and have offenses start at the 25-yard line every possession. He would make this change if he was in charge of the rules strictly for player safety reasons.
There are so many nasty collisions that take place over the course of a football game, with a lot of those collisions occurring on special teams. Eliminating regular kickoffs would minimize the damage, but it wouldn’t completely erase this problem.
It’s also worth mentioning that Day would be in favor of college football still allowing onside kicks to take place.
On his weekly radio show, Ryan Day said he would vote to do away with kickoffs and have offenses start at the 25-yard line every time for player safety reasons, though he still thinks onside kicks should be allowed.
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) October 14, 2021
Day said the Buckeyes opted to fair catch kickoffs last year and start at the 25-yard line. Things have changed this year due to the emergence of freshman wideout Emeka Egbuka.
With Egubka back to receive kicks, the Buckeyes have been more aggressive when it comes to trying to flip field position. Day praised Egubka’s return skills, saying “He’s kind of the ideal guy for that.”
It’s interesting that Day would be willing to concede kickoffs despite having an electric kick returner on his roster. That just shows how serious he is about player safety.
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