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The runner is considered down when either a: His forward progress stops or b: any part of his body other than his foot or hand touches the ground AND he is touched by a player of an opposing team.

There is no "down by contact" in College Football. That's only in the pros. When a college player goes down he cannot get up and continue running, period. He does not have to be touched by an opposing player to be considered down.

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In football if you are down on another player are you down?

It depends. If your knee is touching the ground, or if the ball is, you are considered "down by contact". If both the ball and your knee are off the ground, you are still able to get up and run. (This has happened numerous times with players falling over an opposing player, landing on their feet and continuing on)


When an offensive player carrying the ball falls on an opposing team player on ground is the offensive player considered down by contact?

Not in the NFLNope. At least not in the NFL. If a ball carrier falls down on top of an opposing player and does not otherwise touch the ground, he is not considered down by contact and may continue to advance the ball.Some part of the ball carrier's body, other than his hands or feet, has to make contact with the ground for him to be considered down(Technically, a knee or elbow or helmet has to make contact with the turf for the carrier to be down).This is true for all levels of football play: HS, NCAA, NFL.


When an offensive player's shin hits the ground while carrying the ball is he considered down?

It is considered that a shin can not hit the ground without the knee hitting first. So yes the player is down.


When is an NFL player considered down?

When the player who has the ball has a knee or elbow on the ground when in contact with a player from the opposite team. When the player that has the ball touches any other body part besides his hands on the ground and is in contact with a player from the opposite team.


If a receiver's knee is down and he then catches the ball is it incomplete in college football?

No, it is considered a completed pass. A receiver may go to the ground to catch the ball, as long as it doesn't hit the ground.

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When is the ball or player considered down in college football?

When the knee or forearm (between wrist and elbow) is down.


How do you player of football player?

The goal of football is to move the ball down the field and into the end zone for a touchdown.


Is a college football player down if he touches the ball to the ground?

Yes.


Is a college football player down only if his knee touches the ground?

No ... if the shoulder, elbow, forearm, or wrist touch the ground the ball carrier is also considered down.


When a player loses control of the ball in football and falls down is called?

fumble


In football if you are down on another player are you down?

It depends. If your knee is touching the ground, or if the ball is, you are considered "down by contact". If both the ball and your knee are off the ground, you are still able to get up and run. (This has happened numerous times with players falling over an opposing player, landing on their feet and continuing on)


Can you carry a football player backwards for loss?

no because once the football player has lost all of his forward momentum the refree will mark the ball down there.


Where is the football placed on tackles?

The ball is placed where the ball actually is (assuming the player still has "possession") when the player is down by contact or when the knee hits the ground.


When an offensive player carrying the ball falls on an opposing team player on ground is the offensive player considered down by contact?

Not in the NFLNope. At least not in the NFL. If a ball carrier falls down on top of an opposing player and does not otherwise touch the ground, he is not considered down by contact and may continue to advance the ball.Some part of the ball carrier's body, other than his hands or feet, has to make contact with the ground for him to be considered down(Technically, a knee or elbow or helmet has to make contact with the turf for the carrier to be down).This is true for all levels of football play: HS, NCAA, NFL.


In football can one offensive player call time out while another offensive player has the ball but has not been tackled?

No, a timeout can not be called until the player with the ball is down or out of bounds.


What is checking the ball down in football?

kicking the ball


When is a ball carrier down in football?

no it is defined as follows: player is down when knee or above, or forearm or elbow is cleary on the ground.

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