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How far from the line of scrimmage does the punter stand?


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2010-04-03 18:16:09
2010-04-03 18:16:09

10 or 15

Generally speaking the punter has his heels at 14 yards behind the line of scrimmage. If the ball is within 5 yards of the goal line, or in football vernacular you are kicking from the shadow of your own goalpost, the punter will have his heel as close to the back of the end zone as he is comfortable with.

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