Post by Coach Campbell on Apr 17, 2014 11:41:42 GMT
NCAA approves new roughing the passer penalty for shots below the knee In what has become a busy news week for the NCAA, the organization's Rules Oversight Panel approved a new rule today offering additional protection for quarterbacks. The new rule states that a defender rushing unabated at a quarterback may not forcibly strike a quarterback in the act of throwing at or below the knee. Essentially, it's the Tom Brady Rule, which the NFL adopted after Brady's 2008 season was ended in Week 1 after a shot below his knee tore his ACL and MCL.
There are exceptions to the rule, like:
1) When the passer becomes a runner, either inside or outside the pocket 2) The defender wraps up the thrower in an attempt to make a tackle 3) The defender is not rushing unabated, or he is blocked into the thrower Essentially, a defender with a free shot at a quarterback in the act of throwing had better aim for the chest, waist or thigh or his team will be hit with a 15-yard personal foul penalty. Love it or hate it, the powers that be are moving to legislate enough protection for quarterbacks as the rule book will allow. The Football Rules Committee passed the rule by a unanimous vote, and the NCAA notes that "surveys of college football coaches indicate support of the new rule among head coaches."