NCAA to allow fair catches count as touchbacks on kickoffs

The NCAA is changing the kickoff rules to allow players to fair catch the ball inside the 25-yard line

It is the third notable change to kickoffs in the past six years. And it's not just college football that's affected-the NFL has eliminated kickoffs from the Pro Bowl.

If a player is inside of their own 25-yard line, a fair catch will result in the ball being placed at the 25-yard line like a touchback instead of the spot of the fair catch.

The Football Rules Committee made the proposal to continue efforts to increase the number of touchbacks during kickoffs since fewer injuries occur during kickoffs that result in touchbacks than on kickoffs that are returned.

The team that makes the fair catch will get the football on their own 25-yard line, regardless of where the ball was hauled in, essentially making it a touchback. All other aspects of the kickoff play will remain the same. Fair catches outside of the 25-yard line will still follow the old rules. Notably, the offense will not be allowed to block below the waist more than five yards from the line of scrimmage and, other than interior linemen, all blocks below the waist must be made from the front.

Play clocks will be set at 40 seconds after touchdowns and following kickoffs to expedite succeeding plays. The play clock will also be set quicker after a kickoff to keep things flowing as well. After overturning the call, the 10-second runoff ended the game.

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The panel green-lighted the continuation of a collaborative instant replay program where officials involved in the replay office could be located outside of the stadium in a conference office.

-Leaping rules on field goals and extra points will closer resemble leaping rules on punts. It is illegal to leap over the frame of the body of an opponent.

For more on the rule changes, you can read the NCAA's release about the latest adjustments.

Penalty enforcement on successful field goals will mirror extra points (i.e. the option to be enforced on ensuing kickoff).

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