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he can get up and run if he has not been touched yet. then he has to be tackled to be down, not "touched".

The above is true in the NFL...the touch must have caused the fall or happened while the knee or elbow is on the ground.

In college or ANY level below the play ends when the players knee or elbow touches regardless of the reason.

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as long as no opposing player makes contact of any kind with that player, the ball is still live.

The above is true only in the NFL. In college or high school, the play (and therefore the down) is over when any part of the ball carrier's body touches the ground, other than a hand or a foot.

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As in the NFL, if contact has been made and a knee (or any other part of the body besides the hand and feet) touches the ground, the play has ended.

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If it's a hand, no. If it's an elbow (or arm), yes.

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If the football itself touchs the ground while you have possesion then you are not down.

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