NCAA Approves Rule Change for 2018 Football Season
With player safety continuing to be a concern at all levels of football, a new rule change was approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel and will take effect this upcoming season. The new rule will apply to kickoffs which often result in the most violent plays in the sport; in 2010, Rutgers player Eric LeGrand was paralyzed on a kickoff. The new rule is meant to limit the number of kickoff returns in a game. It will have any fair catch inside the 25-yard-line on a kickoff result in a touchback, which places the ball at the 25-yardline. Previously, touchbacks only occurred when the ball traveled into the end zone.
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