Hold the football a little more tilted against the ground. That's it. Open up the sweet spot a little more for Cade York's foot to swing through, because that's how LSU's new place-kicker likes it.
Such a minor detail was probably lost on the small crowd of invited guests that watched LSU's first closed scrimmage Saturday, when the former high school All-American from Texas made 8-of-10 field goals (with a long of 51 yards) with his first kicks in Tiger Stadium.
Did the crowd notice who was holding York's kicks? Not former short-range punter Josh Growden, who completed his transfer to West Virginia the day before. He was replaced by junior punter Zach Von Rosenberg, who said he probably got three weeks of work in with York from the time Growden informed the specialists he was transferring.
And was that kickoff specialist Avery Atkins warming up with Von Rosenberg as the backup punter?
There are plenty of changes, both small and large, to the special teams unit that set school records under first-year special teams coach Greg McMahon in 2018 and made drastic improvements from the season before.
In 2018, the Tigers ranked second nationally in special teams efficiency, a statistic by Football Outsiders that measures the success of each section of special teams.
LSU ranked 38th in 2017, and the Tigers special teams will have to transition smoothly through its changes to stay efficient.
York represents the largest of those changes. He's replacing former place-kicker Cole Tracy, who set five school records in one season as a graduate transfer from Division II Assumption College and kicked the game-winner to beat Auburn as time expired.
"Cole had that magic about him," Orgeron said Saturday. "I think Cade will too. Cade is a more polished kicker at a younger age than Cole, but obviously he has to prove it in front of the crowd."
Atkins, who led the nation with an 89.87 touchback percentage in 2018, is roommates with York during preseason camp — a time when most all of the players are staying in LSU's West Campus Apartments. Once camp ends, the kickers will be moving in with long snappers Blake Ferguson and Quentin Skinner.
Atkins said York arrived on campus "very confident" and possesses the kicking wisdom that easily explains why York was able to kick a career-long, 59-yard field goal in January's Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Florida.
"He knows more about kicking than probably anybody in the room," Atkins said. "Every kick he has, he knows exactly where his foot is, his plant foot. If he has a bad kick, he can run to the sideline, we'll talk about it, and he'll know exactly what he messed up on."
Atkins caught a glimpse of York's knowledge in mid-July at the Kohl's kicking camp at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The camp is a mecca of sorts for kickers, and players from high school to the pros, like Washington Redskins place-kicker Dustin Hopkins, attend in great numbers.
Atkins, York and LSU's reserve place-kicker Connor Culp all went to the Wisconsin camp in July, and York was able to meet Tracy and receive some advice.
Tracy, who is still a free agent, said he told York to stay off the "Tweeter Machine," as Orgeron calls it, and to stay away from reading stories that will inevitably alter his focus. Tracy said "the outside noise" still gets through, like the flack he received after missing a field goal late in the 29-0 loss to Alabama.
"I love him," Tracy said. "I think he's going to be excellent for LSU. I think he's going to bring a lot of leg strength and consistency, and I think he's gonna score a lot of points for LSU."
Then, there's the special teams changes that will have to continue to help prevent points from scoring.
With Growden gone, Von Rosenberg said he thinks he'll end up getting all the punting duties, including the short-range punts that come up when LSU's offense is in their opponent's territory.
Growden's Aussie-style pooch punts were precise in that range, and 12 of his 16 punts last season landed inside the 20 with only three touchbacks.
Growden taught Von Rosenberg his technique before leaving campus: Instead of gripping the football at the top before dropping it to the foot, Growden showed Von Rosenberg to grip the ball from the bottom — a level of control that helps punters be more intentional about the ball's direction.
"It's changed my ability to hit the sweet spot on the ball significantly, and it's really helped me with my consistency on the kick," said Von Rosenberg, who ranked No. 7 nationally with a punting average of 45.69 yards in 2018. "It's not that I couldn't do it before. (Growden) was so precise with it, he could put it wherever he wanted on the field. But I've made a lot of strides with that kick. I feel comfortable doing it now."
Von Rosenberg, who was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list this season, is expected to be pushed by Atkins, whose powerful leg is exceptional on kickoffs but needs refinement in other kicking duties.
Atkins had a brief trial run at place-kicker during spring football, when he missed a 33-yard field goal in the spring game, and he said McMahon felt he could really move his leg power to benefit in punting.
Atkins had done rugby-style punting at Auburn High in Alabama, a style where punters kick low-driving punts while on the run with the intent to get the ball to roll down the field.
Atkins said he won't be doing rugby-style kicks at LSU. McMahon is of the mind that with more movement comes more chaos.
"I didn't really know much of punting," Atkins said. "I just kind of knew you just dropped the ball and kicked it, really. So I was definitely trying to get better at it. Zach's helping me a lot right now."
And if Atkins can nail down the technique of punting? Bombs away.
"I mean, when he does get a hold of it, it's the same as the kickoff: it's high and far," Tracy said. "I think he can absolutely do it. I think he has the leg to develop into an NFL punter. He already has kickoffs. He can make a lot of money in the NFL for a long time."