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For most college football players, practice sessions are conducted under the unblinking gaze of coaches, graduate assistants and video cameras. Coaches are quick to point out and correct errors, provide feedback, and cajole their charges in order to obtain the best performance possible. However, there is one group that goes about much of their business without oversight.

As you probably have surmised, the punters, kickers, holders and long snappers make up the group under discussion. While their teammates received instant critiques, they perform much of their work without benefit (or perhaps the annoyance) of coaches hanging on their every move. Junior Corey Smith sees pluses and minuses in the situation. "It's good having an extra set of eyes watching, but when...

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