Kickoffs From 30-Yard Line Could Create More Returns, Injuries

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - NCAA officials expect more excitement - and perhaps more injuries - as kickoffs move back to the 30-yard line for this college football season.

The NCAA rules oversight panel's decision in March to push the kickoff back from the 35-yard line to the NFL's starting point was one of several offseason changes designed to keep the game moving and the energy level high.

Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks says moving the kickoff back to the 30 is one of the most significant rules changes in college football in the past ten years.

Brooks says very few teams will have a kicker who can kick it for a touchback now.

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