I'm definitely going to try the punt shooting tips you had, I always shot from the side or a little in front of the punter last year but an endzone shot of the back of the punter with rushers coming could be quite stunning indeed!
Sometimes, anywhere far enough behind the punter can be effective:
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (80-L) blocks a punt off the leg of San Francisco 49ers punter Andy Lee (4-R) during the second half of an NFL game between the Bears and the 49ers at Soldier Field, won by San Francisco 37-30.
Focal Length 400 mm
Exposure Time1/2000 sec
I wish this play had happened during the daylight portion of the evening as I got absolute no detail in Lloyd's face. Oh well.
Phil, there's not much more I can add to your OP in this thread. I especially like the idea of having a plan. You can go to online sites like Ravials.com and MaxPreps.com to look to the teams' rosters and see if any highly-touted players are on either of the teams.
Another hint you touched on (and one I have to CONSTANTLY remind myself to do): shoot through the play and STOP CHIMPING so much! I can't tell you how many great shots I've missed 'cuz I stopped shooting to look at the LCD. Dumb and dumber on my part. There is ALWAYS time to chimp between plays! Some games, I've covered the LCD with gaffer's tape, but even then I've cheated by peeking underneath