In even more of an effort to make the game safer for quarterbacks, the NCAA has approved a new 15-yard roughing the passer penalty for hits on the signal caller that occur below the knees in passing situations.
NCAA approves new 15-yard roughing passer penalty rule when defender hits QB below knee in passing situations only
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 16, 2014
This will deter defenders from coming in for the sack and going directly for the knees, which will then cut down on ACL tears and other common knee injuries that we’ve seen recently.
Although, this one can get sketchy.
While there are some defenders that do come in and ultimately go for the lower-end of the quarterback’s body, how hard will it be for the officials to determine whether or not the pass rusher was blocked into the quarterback by the offensive linemen?
These rules are done for the greater good of the game, but they don’t come without their flaws, much like the maligned targeting rule that we had to suffer through last season as well as the referees’ inability to make the correct decision most of the time.