98 A PRIMER OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
side more by surprise, and prevents the
second back on the other side from get¬
ting back ready to receive the kick.
The full-back should catch the ball
in his hands as much as possible like a
baseball, as he can handle the ball and
adjust it much more quickly than by
catching it in the arms. The full-back's
motions should be as few and simple as
possible, the aim being to get the ball away
as quickly and safely as possible. Having
got iif his kick, the full-back should do
his best to put his own side on side by a
good sharp sprint down the field. The
distance of the kick should be determined
by the speed or ability of the forwards to
cover the ground.
The direction and location of the kicks
will depend upon the territory in which
the conflict is waged, the wind, or the
scheme as to where to kick.
The chief function of the full-back is
to kick. As said before, he should have