A higher percentage of kickoffs that reach the end zone this season are being returned rather than downed for touchback in comparison to past seasons, reports Marty from the great cfbstats.com.
In 2005-06, when the ball was teed at the 35 for a kickoff, only 34.53% of the kicks reaching the end zone were returned. But in 2007, with the ball teed from the 30, 49.30% of the kicks reaching the end zone are being returned.
And the 2007 percentage appears to be on the rise. In Week 1 the return percentage of kicks reaching the end zone was 45.10. In Week 2, the return percentage increased to 53.02.