PJ Fleck says new fair catch rule is good for football

The WCCO Morning News with Dave Lee
October 10, 2018 - 10:03 am
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This year college football has adopted a new rule allowing players to fair catch a kickoff inside the 25-yard line for a touch-back resulting in the ball being placed at the 25. This change is designed to lower the number of kickoff returns and in turn, make the game safer. Gopher Football head coach PJ Fleck joined Dave Lee on WCCO’s Morning News and explained what he likes about the new rule. 

"I think it’s very helpful for college football. I think it’s great for the safety of players…We’ve utilized it a lot. I think it gives you the ability to know that you’re not going to be stuck deep down in your own territory," he said. "

Fleck added that the rule has changed game strategy in important ways. 

"If you feel like someone’s a little bit better than you at times on different special teams you can fair catch it and guarantee yourself the 25-yard line. I’ll take the 25-yard line every time. What you don’t want it a minus 9, minus, 11, minus 16. That puts you at a lot less percentage to go score any points. Field position means a lot in our game and I really like the rule," Fleck said. 

The Gophers are 3-2 overall this season but are looking for their first win in the Big 10. They will travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State on Saturday.

Check out the full interview to hear what aspect of the new rule PJ Fleck is not a fan of.