onside kick


Definition of onside kick

: a kickoff in football in which the ball travels just far enough to be legally recoverable by the kicking team

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The Denver Broncos proposed the change as an option to what has been the increasingly dire odds of recovering an onside kick. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "What to watch as the NFL league meetings kick off this week," 25 Mar. 2019 So, rather than trying an onside kick, a team must convert a fourth-and-12 from its 28 in order to keep the ball. Bernie Wilson, The Seattle Times, "AAF kicks off without kickoffs, but with SkyJudge," 5 Feb. 2019 By then, Georgia was left needing to convert an onside kick just for a chance to tie the game. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, "Georgia done in by unusual rash of miscues in Sugar Bowl," 1 Jan. 2019 Kevin Kelley, the coach at Pulsaki Academy in Little Rock, Ark., is famous for rarely punting, always onside kicking and usually winning. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Why Don’t More FBS Coaches Go to Extremes in the Name of Efficiency?," 11 Apr. 2018 The first part is obvious to anyone who observed the onside kick of a primary process for Republicans in 2016. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Midterms will mold Dems' 2020 field," 19 July 2018 Two years ago, an onside kick against Clemson turned the game in the Tide’s favor. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Alabama captures national title with overtime win over Georgia," 9 Jan. 2018 Players must have at least five players on both sides of the ball, which will change the look of onside kicks. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "NFL Owners Approve Kickoff Rule Changes," 22 May 2018 Nick Saban’s shrewd onside kick coming out of halftime set the tone, but Alabama’s 45–40 title game win wasn’t decided until the game’s final minutes. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The College Football Playoff's Sweet 16: Imagining the Ultimate Bracket," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of onside kick

1895, in the meaning defined above

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