It’s going to be interesting to see how the new cut block rule changes the landscape of the college football this season.
Big Ten coordinator of officials Bill Carollo explained, “We’ve basically gone to low blocks [cut blocks] are illegal now with these exceptions: Linemen on the line of scrimmage, they can cut block. Backs in the backfield who are stationary and between the tackles, they can cut low. Not only do we put the restriction on the low blocks on the offense, we’re now putting them on the defense.”
“Once the ball leaves the tackle box, that 6 [yards] by 10 area that’s defined, then the defense can’t cut block. So, it’s a huge learning curve for the coaches to teach the players and equally a huge learning curve for the officials.”
On Thursday, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said, “In all of my years as a head coach, we’ve had more meeting with officials than at any other point. I think the chop rules, offensively and defensively, will significantly affect the game.”
Bielema added, “A lot of it is determined where you are on the field, where you start. For instance, a lot of times we start with a tight end in a hip position to the right, we’ll move him over to the other side. He’s never had any restrictions on if he can go low, cut, or if he can go back across the formation. It’s totally changed. It’s really going to change the game, especially for a team like Wisconsin.”
Along with the new cut block rule, coaches are concerned with the new taunting rule and the 10 second run-off rule.
Bielema admitted, “I’ve been studying, my main summer project, was the 10-second run-off…when to use it.”