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Cal Football

Ragle Not Sure How New Kickoff Rule Will Play Out

August 2, 2018
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The folks who make the rules of college football have made a change to those regarding kickoffs. Through last year, it was OK to use a fair catch on a kickoff, but if a team did, its offensive sequence began right where the catch was made.

Catch it on the 11-yard line, then it’s first-and-ten on the 11. Not a great starting point. Now any kickoff fielded on a fair catch inside the 25-yard line allows the offense to start from its 25. It becomes, in effect, a touchback.

As for what impact the new rule will have, your guess is as good as Charlie Ragle’s.

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