NCAA FOOTBALL RULES COMMITTEE 2017 Rules Changes
The Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) has approved the following rules changes for 2017.
Rule 1-4-4-d (FR-21)
Knee Pads. Knee pads must be covered by pants.
TO TAKE EFFECT IN 2018: Furthermore, the pants and knee pads must cover the knees.
LEAPING AND HURDLING
Rule 9-1-11-b (FR-91)
No defensive player who runs forward from beyond the neutral zone may leap or hurdle in an obvious attempt to block a field goal or try. It is not a foul if the player was aligned in a stationary position within one yard of the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped.
HORSE COLLAR TACKLE
Rule 9-1-15 (FR-92)
All players are prohibited from grabbing the inside back collar of the shoulder pads or jersey, the nameplate area, or the inside collar of the side of the shoulder pads or jersey, and immediately pulling the ball carrier down.