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Jun 25, 2011 10:43 PM by Brent Carney

Abney Against Eliminating Kickoffs

Derek Abney is not a fan of getting rid of the play that helped him rewrite the record books at Kentucky.

"To eliminate that would be pretty disappointing for me," Abney said of getting rid of the kickoff from college football, a drastic adjustment to the rules that has garnered some support from several coaches and officials since first being suggested by Rutgers coach Greg Schiano earlier this month.

Abney returned two kickoffs for touchdowns while becoming an All-American special teams player at Kentucky as a kick and punt returner.

Georgia coach Mark Richt also has spoken out in support of eliminating the kickoff from college football. Safety concerns as players barrel 60 yards down the field towards each other is behind the radical change to the game. Both Richt and Schiano have had players seriously hurt in recent years during kickoffs.

According to Abney, removing the kickoff would eliminate the most exciting play of the game - the opening kickoff - and limit participation.

"A lot of the kids that play ball, especially the younger ones, that's their opportunity to get on the field. So it would be a shame to take that away from them," said.

"Not having the kicking game is a travesty if you took that from the football game."


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