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NCAA Approves 2018 Kickoff Rule Change
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NCAA Approves 2018 Kickoff Rule Change; Impacts Fair Catches Within 25-Yard Line

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A drastic change is coming to college football in 2018 as player safety continues to be a top priority.

According to Greg Johnson of NCAA.com, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new rule for kickoffs, with fair catches anywhere inside the 25-yard line resulting in touchbacks and the football being placed at the 25-yard line.

Previously, touchbacks only occurred when the kickoff was fielded in the end zone.

The new rule could help prevent teams from trying to pin opponents deep in their own territory by skying the kickoff and not giving them much of a chance at a return. In the past, any fair catch in the field of play resulted in the ball being placed at the spot where it was fielded.


Wow! No more pinning a team deep. This should help us right?


Posted on: 4/14 9:02 pm
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Re: NCAA Approves 2018 Kickoff Rule Change
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Yes especially when we play K St.

Posted on: 4/14 9:29 pm
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Re: NCAA Approves 2018 Kickoff Rule Change
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I think overall we had more trouble getting pinned on very good punts. This rule doesn't apply to a fair catch on a punt.

Posted on: 4/14 11:02 pm
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Re: NCAA Approves 2018 Kickoff Rule Change
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It looks like the kicker has just become less important to the outcome of a game. I wonder how this will affect recruiting of kickers.

Posted on: 4/15 1:10 pm
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