Introducing First Sound: The Inside the Pylon YouTube Channel

New Year, new content. The staff at Inside the Pylon is proud to introduce First Sound, a new series of video breakdowns that will also reside at our YouTube Channel. Future topics will include animated diagrams, player breakdowns, film study, and some special guests. Happy New Year! To celebrate, every day this week we’ll highlight a…

Trick or Treat: The Miami 8-Lateral Kickoff Return Stuns Duke

Chuck Zodda has looked at crazy kickoff and punt attempts before. He has looked at botched fake punts. But there is nothing that tops the craziness of the Miami 8-lateral kickoff return between the Duke Blue Devils and Miami Hurricanes on Halloween night. Having scored a touchdown and two-point conversion with six seconds left, the Blue Devils…

CFB Key Drive: LSU’s Trent Domingue Takes It To The House

The Louisiana State Tigers used trickery to cap off a key fourth quarter drive against their SEC rival, Florida Gators. Mark Schofield details the game winning drive and enlists Chuck Zodda to breakdown how a Trent Domingue run gave the Tigers the lead. Following Antonio Callaway’s 72-yard punt return for a touchdown, the Florida Gators…

Grambling State Returner Domino Sprints Thru Southern

There are some kickoff returns that seem to take an eternity to develop: cuts followed by jukes followed by broken tackles followed by jump stops followed by stiff-arms followed by an eventual touchdown. But sometimes, when the blocking is just right, the returner just needs to run straight ahead. Facing the Southern University Jaguars in…

Florida State’s Special Teams Disaster Part 2: The Fake Punt

Special teams often do strange things, and so much can go wrong even on routine sequences. Stupid decisions on trick plays certainly don’t help. The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators on Saturday despite several special teams gaffs. In Part 2 of this two-part ST disasterpiece, Chuck Zodda turns to their insipid fake punt.…

Florida State Special Teams Disaster Part 1: The Punt Block

Although the Florida State Seminoles emerged victorious against the Florida Gators, they committed egregious errors on special teams. In Part 1 of this two-part ST disasterpiece, Chuck Zodda looks at the University of Florida’s punt block. There is no doubt that the Florida State Seminoles won the national championship last season. It is in the…

Crowder, House: Duke’s Dynamic Returner

Pylon University covers everything in college football ‒ Ivy League rivalries in the rain, games with an impact on the national title race, Heisman hopefuls, what’s worth watching, and great offensive plays. Duke punt returner Jamison Crowder romped through the Syracuse kick coverage, and Chuck Zodda loves a great punt return. Duke Blue Devil football…