NCAA Committee approves penalty to protect quarterback's legs

Hitting quarterbacks below the knee in college football will now lead to a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty, according to a vote by the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Committee announced Wednesday.

NFL Media's Mike Huguenin said the change will take effect this season.

Huguenin reported the NCAA had support of all 10 FBS conferences for the rule change, which had been tabled since February when it was first proposed.

NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding told NFL Evolution last November that the NCAA was considering such a move.

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