punt formation


Definition of punt formation

: an offensive football formation in which a back making a punt stands approximately 10 yards behind the line and the other backs are in blocking position close to the line

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Play of the Game: Facing a fourth-and-2 on their first possession of the game at the Williamson 44, the Bulldogs lined up in punt formation. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "UMS-Wright runs win streak to 22, holds off Williamson for 14-0 victory," 13 Sep. 2019 Kilgore registered a safety in the season opener when the ball was snapped over the head of Pittman, who was lined up in punt formation. Mark Wright, star-telegram, "Best HS defense of all-time? Daingerfield’s ‘83 team could be," 21 Dec. 2017 First, punter Quinn Saluan threw a 27-yard pass out of punt formation to linebacker Zach Lyon to the Westminster 25. Mike Peticca, cleveland.com, "Case Western Reserve in title chase with 41-10 win over Westminster (photos)," 4 Nov. 2017 The gunner lines up in the split-end position in punt formation with the intent of being the first defensive player on the scene when the punt comes down. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Neiko Thorpe returns to making special plays on Seattle Seahawks' special teams," 22 Oct. 2017 With the Bulldogs bottled up, Dylan Clark went in punt formation from the New Albany 13. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Floyd Central rolls into sectional final with win over New Albany," 27 Oct. 2017 Harris had a snap in punt formation hit the upback, and the punter had to fall on the loose football, giving Miami the ball at its 48-yard line with 11:42 to play. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Auburn NFL roundup: Cody Parkey completes comeback for Miami Dolphins," 15 Oct. 2017 Carter, in punt formation, spotted an opening in the Lake Central defenses and elected to go for the first down. Post-Tribune, "Lake County Star almanac," 9 Oct. 2017 Instead punter Nick Schrage, from punt formation, took off running, gained 15 yards and a first down to the Buffalo 43. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Amway Coach's Call of the Week: Vote for the decision that had biggest impact," 10 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of punt formation

1920, in the meaning defined above

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