10 A PRIMER OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
groin, right-angling the body around it
and placing both hands over it.
A third method has been very much in
vogue for catching punts, which is rather
uncertain and difficult, i. e. : The ball
strikes the chest, both arms being ex¬
tended, and the ball is grappled the mo¬
ment it lands. The difficulty is that if
the arms are too wide apart the ball goes
through and is missed entirely, or the ball,
striking the chest very hard, rebounds be¬
fore the would-be catcher can secure it.
Besides, taking the ball so high up upon
the body, it is more likely to be mis¬
3. Dropping on Ball.—There are two
kinds of balls the player must learn to
drop on—a moving ball and a dead ball.
There are just four ways of falling upon
a ball: first, dropping upon the knees, to
break the fall, then covering the ball with
chest; second, dropping straight from the
toes, breaking the fall with the elbows, and