Tech may not be affected greatly. The blocks that Tech A-backs throw on runs to the perimeter typically are executed within five yards of the line of scrimmage.
The NCAA also approved a rule change that will allow teams receiving kickoffs inside their 25-yard line to call for a fair catch that would be equivalent to a touchback, with the ball placed on the 25-yard line. The change was enacted to improve player safety, as kickoff plays often can result in injuries.
“I think that’s probably to keep teams from sky kicking and the collisions (that ensue),” Johnson said. “The teams who probably struggle in kickoffs return-wise will fair catch ’em if you do that. The other teams will try to return ’em if they’re good.”