NCAA football rule change could end the pop pass

By on April 25, 2015 of football’s newest wrinkles might be grounded before it can fully take off.

A proposed change to the NCAA rule for illegal men downfield could make a big impact on how some offenses operate, via the AP’s Ralph Russo. The current rule allows offensive linemen to move 3 yards beyond the line of scrimmage on passing plays, and the proposed change would pull that back to only 1 yard beyond the line, which is the rule in the NFL.

This would make it extremely difficult to pull off some of football’s trendiest plays without committing a penalty for illegal man downfield. The play has become more common over the past few seasons, with Auburn’s Gus Malzahn being the most notable coach to use it. Auburn would be far from the only team affected by this rule change, though. See more…

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