On Wednesday, the NCAA announced that the upcoming 2022 college football season will have an updated rule list that specifically addresses targeting and faking injuries.
Prior to the rule change, any player that was ejected from a game during the second half would have to sit out of the first half of the next game they played. However, with the updated rule, the league outlines that if a team has instant video playback, they have the options to appeal to the NCAA national coordinator of officials. If the video suggests that targeting hasn’t occurred, the player can play in the first half of their next game.
In addition, the NCAA updates policies for players that suffer an injury. Teams are now given the option to submit a film for review and If the national coordinators examine deem the injury or circumstance suspicious, the team or player can be punished.
“We considered all options to address this issue, including allowing both teams an opportunity to substitute after a first down,” said David Shaw, the Stanford head football coach and chair of the Football Rules Committee said in regards to the updated injury police. He added, “This is another step to consider in the future.”
In a similar fashion, the NCAA also addressed the Kenny Pickett controversy and prohibits players from running the field following a fake slide. According to the league, any player that fakes a feet-first slide will be considered down at the spot where he was. This rule has been installed following last season’s 2021 ACC Championship game in which Kenny Pickett faked a slide and ran for 58 yards.
NCAA updates blocking below the waist rules to address safety concerns
Finally, blocking below the waist has been a point of concern for the league. ESPN reported, “Lineman and stationary backs blocking below the waist inside the tackle box on scrimmage plays will be permitted. However, any such action outside the tackle box will be penalized.”
The NCAA released in an official statement that this rule has been updated in order to promote a safer means of playing. “The panel approved a proposal to improve safety and simplify the rules governing blocking below the waist,” they commented.
As Fall approaches, the updated rules will hopefully create a smooth and more enjoyable season for 2022 college football.
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