Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Hank, Oct 23, 2011.
You probably understand the rule, it's just that it's rarely enforced. Offenses are designed to "rub" defenders, or "create traffic", or whatever you want to call it. Basically, it's all pick plays, but it has very rarely been enforced.
At what point can you lay the guy out? When the ball is in the air? After it has been caught? I don't know the rule.
After it's been caught. Impeding a defender when the ball is in the air is supposed to be offensive interference...
And impending a defender 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage but before the ball is in the air is illegal contact.
nfl only... there is no illegal contact in college
hm, wasn't aware of that. Which brings up the question: why don't we see even more pick plays? Or, maybe that's why offensive pass interference isn't called very often on pick plays: in the league, the pick is pretty much always illegal, but in college, the ref has to see if the ball is in the air before he can call it.
College doesn't differentiate. It's still a penalty. Pass interference on the offense starts when the ball is snapped rather than when the ball is in the air. Pick plays are not legal in college.
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