Blocked field goals are exciting, but leaping over lineman could be outlawed by NCAA
In the recent years, we’ve seen jaw-dropping examples of athleticism on field-goal attempts — as defenders have literally leaped over snappers as a means to block the attempts.
It’s against the rules for a defender to land on a lineman when trying to block a kick. As a means to get around the rule, defenders just decided to leap over them completely. However, this all may be moot.
On Friday, the NCAA rules committee announced that it wants to make it illegal for defenders to leap over linemen when trying to block a kick.
This proposal will need approval from the Playing Rules Oversight Panel — set to meet on Apr. 19. If approved, the changes would go into effect next season.
The targeting rule is also a hot-button issues with players and coaches throughout the sport. Though the rules clearly dictate what targeting is, many see it up for interpretation.
There was a thought to potentially change the targeting rule in order to to create two levels of the foul. One would include a penalty of 15 yards, and the more severe infraction would include both an ejection and a loss of 15 yards tacked on top.
South Dakota coach Bob Nielson — the chairman of the rules committee — had this to say:
“We came to the conclusion our rule is doing what we wanted it to do and that’s changing player behavior and that the work we did a year ago giving the replay official the opportunity to review the play in its totality is getting us to where we want to be in that rule, and felt that another year of experience with that same rule was the right direction to go to continue to put the emphasis on the fact that targeting is not something we want in the game.”