A punt in football is when the punter, a kicker on the special teams, kicks the ball to the opposing team. A punt can be made on any down and from anywhere on the football field.
To perform a punt, the center hikes the ball directly to the punter instead of the quarterback.
Football Drop Kick
The punter drops the ball and kicks it out of the air. This is called a drop kick.
Why Punt in football?
Punts are usually made on 4th down and to prevent a turnover on downs. The following are reasons to punt:
Football Field Position
Field position describes the location of the ball on the field relative to the end zones.
Football End Zone
Good field position is having the ball close to the opponent's end zone and far from yours. Bad field position is having the ball far from the opponent's end zone and close to yours.
Turnover on Downs
To avoid a turnover on downs a team will punt the ball to maintain strong field position when giving the ball back to the other team.