Football Running into the Kicker

What is a Running Into the Kicker Penalty in Football?

Running into the kicker in Football is a penalty in which a defensive player runs into and makes forceful contact with the kicker of the opposing team during a field goal or punt. Running into the kicker is called simultaneously as the roughing the kicker penalty as they have very similar grounds for the penalties. The main difference being: in running into the kicker, the kicking leg is the point of contact rather than the plant leg in roughing the kicker. Running into the kicker may also be called if a defender slides under the kicker, preventing them from setting both feet after the kick. Running into the kicker is a 5 yard penalty against the receiving team.


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