Originally posted by IWASATTHECATCH:
I have a question: If, according to college football rules, a play is whistled dead when the player(in possession of the ball)'s knee is down, then how can a fake FG take ever place? The holder's knee is down, and then he moves to an active/live ball position and/or laterals the ball from said kneeling position. Wouldn't he be down/whistled dead, immediately? No player in possession of the ball, at any point, can get up after their knee is down, yet this is overlooked/never called during fake FGs. Explain..
They're are two instances where a ball is dead. Or the play is dead.
The first one is when the ball leaves a players hand with a forward motion and hits the ground before it is caught.
The second is when a players elbows or knees touch the ground, but this is the important part, that players has to be touched by a defensive for the play to be over. He can roll around on the ground making grass angels but if a defensive player hasn't touched him then the play is not dead.
So to recap when an offensive player is touched by a defensive player the moment his knee or elbow hits the ground the play is over.
The long snapper hasn't been touched by a defensive player therefore he can kneel on the ground with the ball in his hand.
[ Edited by eonblue on Oct 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM ]