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A defensive player may go out of bounds and then come back in bounds and make a tackle or recover a fumble. An offensive player may not go out of bounds voluntarily and then catch a pass. The only other rule about going out of bounds in the college rulebook is that a member of the kicking team may not go out of bounds voluntarily and then come back onto the field to make a play.

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If the player is out of bounds of his own volition (he runs out without being pushed and wasn't the ball carrier who just fumbled next to the sideline), he can return immediately to the sideline and participate.

If the player DOES go out on his own accord, though, and tries to get the fumble, he is illegally participating in the play. If he gets possession, he is illegally touching the ball (both are live ball fouls, so only one would be assessed to the team).

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Q: If a fumble occurs and the player is out of bounds can he come back and pick up the ball and continue play?
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