College football is sticking with the kickoff, but it may not be long before it becomes obsolete Thanks to the Alliance of American Football, we now know what the game without kickoffs looks like. The AAF debuted last weekend without toe meeting pigskin following scores. Offenses simply took over at the 25-yard line. No high-speed blocks, tackles or collisions. Definitely no injuries. "It felt a little awkward," said Atlanta Legends coach Kevin Coyle, a veteran of more than 40 college and pro seasons. "For me personally, it felt strange not to kickoff and cover the kick." Awkward, maybe, but safer. Whether college football is headed in the AAF's direction is up for debate. But eight years into the rule-changing procedure to limit kickoffs, we do know the impact they have on players are at historical lows. For the first time since the NCAA began tracking such numbers, less than half of all kickoffs -- only 42 percent -- were returned last season. For at least the fifth straight year, touchbacks are up. The 2018 total of 4,273 was up almost 28 percent since 2013. The total number of kickoffs returned for touchdowns is down almost half from 72 in 2012 to 38 in 2018. Kickoff return yards are down 42.2 percent since 2011. That was the last season before the kickoff was moved from the 30 to the 35-yard line. College football is sticking with the kickoff, but it may not be long before it becomes obsolete I say 'yes'...DEFINITELY. These players are paid nothing (other then scholarships) and kickoffs cause a TON of injuries. Twenty-two men, averaging about 225 pounds, running at full speed, before they smash into each other is a great recipe for a hospital visit.