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No, this would be considered a roughing the punter penalty and the punting team would be awarded a 15 yard penalty and a first down. The only exception to this would be if the referee ruled that the player that hit the punter made contact because of being blocked by a member of the punting team. In this case, the referee will not call the penalty.

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Generally, no. As long as the kicker is in the process of his kicking motion, including the steps taken before the ball is actually kicked, he is protected. But as soon as he establishes himself as a runner, the protection is waived. The NCAA rules are a bit more specific in that the kicker is protected until he leaves the tackle-box.

Note that the instant a kicked ball is blocked by a defender, the kicker is no longer protected and can be contacted.

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If the punter tries to run, yes. Otherwise, they cannot come in contact with him umless the punt is blocked.

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if the ball hits the ground then it is a live ball, you may hit whoever has the ball at this time including the punter.

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