118 A PRIMER OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
five-yard line—the centre of the field. The
rules allow three men to start before the
ball, but not more than five yards back.
The three fastest men should be selected
for the flying start, preferably the two
ends and a back. The ends should be
out in the wings of the line, and the back
near the centre; either one of the backs-
full-back, if he be not the kicker—should
be back at about the forty-yard line, to
look out for a return. The other players
should be lined up on either side in equal
numbers, and at intervals far enough apart
to sweep the field. See Diagram 5.
The ball should be placed and kicked
by the best place-kicker on the eleven, it
matters not which position he plays.
There should be a signal for the direction
of the kick. When the captain says
"Ready," the players at the centre line
should get on their mark, and get away
with the booting of the ball, or a little be¬