Utilizing the Shield Punt is one of the most efficient ways to protect and cover your punts at the high school level. It provides you the ability to get seven special team’s players downfield and into coverage quickly, and by alignment alone, makes punts difficult for opponents to go after and block. This article features statistics coaching tips, diagrams and video to help you install the Shield Punt into your Special Team’s playbook.
“When we used this fake against Sacramento State, it was 4th-and-1 at our 30-yard line. It was a risky call, but I was convinced they would rush hard and the play would be wide-open. This fake punt was designed to counteract the extremely heavy rush that teams were utilizing against our ‘shield’ punt formation.” – Rob Ash, Head Coach, Montana State University, Former AFCA President
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