So the NCAA has announced some rule changes that will go into affect for the 2012 college football season. Mostly rules on kickoffs and helmets coming off of players.

Teams will kick off at the 35-yard line instead of the 30. Also, players on the kicking team can’t line up for the play behind the 30-yard line, which is intended to limit the running start kicking teams used to have during the play.

Also, touchbacks on free kicks will be moved to the 25-yard line instead of the 20 to encourage more touchbacks. Touchbacks on other plays (for example, punts that go into the end zone, or fumbles that go out of the end zone) will remain at the 20-yard line.

If a player loses his helmet (other than as the result of a foul by the opponent, such as a facemask), it will be treated like an injury. The player must leave the game and is not allowed to participate for the next play.

Offensive players in the tackle box at the snap who are not in motion are allowed to block below the waist legally without restriction. All other players are restricted from blocking below the waist with a few exceptions (for example, straight-ahead blocks).

A rule prohibiting players from leaping over blockers in an attempt to block a punt.

Hmm so let me get this straight. A perfectly fine non-injured player gets his helmet knocked off during a tackle and has to come out for a play. What about a linemen that gets hands to the face and his helmet knocked off backwards? You are out a play kid! Stupid rule if you ask me. Yay for more touchbacks… Or not, let’s take out of the more exciting plays and limit those speedy play makers that return the ball. This will soon be like the NFL where guys get anxious and try running the ball out 7 yards deep in the end zone.

What’s everyone’s thoughts on the rule changes for the upcoming season?

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Nebraska announced that the football team will be playing Idaho State on September 22nd as they finished up the schedule for the 2012 season. Yep, Idaho State who won only two games last season. Idaho State who is also a FCS/Division 1-AA team. Would have been nice to at least play a legit FCS team but the school has to guarantee another home game and one that is as close to a win as possible.

Other games were also announced today. In 2014, Nebraska will face off against Florida Atlantic. In 2015 BYU will come to Lincoln. South Alabama will also make the trip to Lincoln in 2015 as well as 2019.

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National letter of intent day has come and gone. Nebraska received commitments from 15 players who will receive scholarships and then 19 others who chose to walk on to the university.

The staff really stressed importance at the linebacker position where they three guys including Michael Rose, Thomas Brown and Jared Afalava. Rose will probably be the highlight of that group and one of the overall highlights of this recruiting class on the defensive side of the ball. I would have liked to see them signed more secondary players but they just didn’t get the guys to sign that they were after and that is how it goes in the recruiting game sometimes.

On offense, the group is led by wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp who turned down a late offer by Notre Dame and stuck with the Huskers. Westerkamp is a guy that Bo Pelini compares to Red Burkhead when he was coming out of high school. A big time player who could get playing time as a true freshman. Their was only one quarterback in this class and that is Tommy Armstrong from Arlington, Texas. Armstrong is another dual threat qb that can hurt you by passing or running the ball.

The one offensive linemen that impresses me is Paul Thurston from Colorado. This is a guy that I could see growing into an all conference linemen after a good year or two in the weight room and learning the speed of the college game.

It sucks to lose out on Andrus Peat. Many thought that he was Lincoln bound as his older brother Todd Peat is currently on the team and his cousin Avery Moss will be coming to Lincoln next year. Andrus chose Stanford however as they signed a exceptional offensive line class that includes three 5* players.

Overall the coaches missed out on some big time players that they weren’t able to lock up but they did do a good job keeping Westerkamp from Notre Dame and doing the best that they could with limited scholarships this year.

Complete 2012 Scholarship Class:
Jared Afalava LB 6-3 215
LeRoy Alexander ATH 6-2 190
Zaire Anderson LB 6-1 220 *junior college*
Tommy Armstrong QB 6-2 210
Thomas Brown LB 6-2 210
Sam Cotton TE 6-4 240
Imani Cross RB 6-1 220
Aaron Curry DT 6-3 275
Greg McMullen DE 6-5 255
Alonzo Moore ATH 6-2 170
Avery Moss DE 6-4 245
Michael Rose LB 6-0 230
Mohammed Seisay DB 6-2 200 *junior college*
Paul Thurston OL 6-5 275
Vincent Valentine DT 6-3 300
Jordan Westerkamp WR 6-2 195
Corey Whitaker OL 6-5 270

Complete 2012 Walk On Class:
Jared Blum DE/TE 6-4 230
Cole Chvatal WR 5-11 175
Carson Collins FB 5-10 220
Ross Dzuris DE/TE 6-3 225
Sam Foltz ATH 6-2 190
Trey Foster TE 6-2 230
Ryker Fyfe QB 6-3 195
Taylor Hoffman LB 6-0 200
Andy Janovich FB 6-1 215
Garret Johns OL 6-1 275
Spencer Lindsay PK 5-10 195
Mitch McCann LB 6-1 225
Graham Nabity RB 6-1 205
Jordan Nelson RB 5-8 175
Robby Painter OL 6-6 270
Brandon Reilly WR 6-2 180
Brad Simpson LB 6-0 195

 

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