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Question #89338 posted on 04/17/2017 6:43 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In football, if a ball carrier and two defensive backs are open in space, is one defender allowed to hold the ball carrier while the other defensive back takes the ball from the helpless, subdued ball carrier? See the play that starts at 6:23 of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOAX9zS3sAE for an example of when the tactic could be used.

The off-season is too long.

-Not studying for finals

A:

Dear same,

First of all, I don't think it's likely that the ball carrier is really ever going to be "helpless and subdued" when he's trying to break a tackle. But, let's say one defender is tackling the ball carrier, and the other defender wants to take or strip the ball from the ball carrier. This is allowed as long as the ball is live. Otherwise, it's likely that the defense will incur some kind of dead-ball penalty (personal foul, unnecessary roughness, defensive delay of game, etc). The ball is still live as long as the whistle has not been blown to declare the play "dead". The ball is dead "when any part of the ball carrier’s body, except his hand or foot, touches the ground or when the ball carrier is tackled or otherwise falls and loses possession of the ball as he contacts the ground with any part of his body, except his hand or foot." (A.R. 4-1-3:I) So, before that happens, it's completely legal to try to get the ball, as long as you don't do anything else that will get a penalty called on you, like a facemask or targeting penalty.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave