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What is the 5 Yard Bump Rule in Football?

The five yard bump rule in football is a rule that deals with illegal contact. Normally, when a defender lines up opposite a receiver, the defender cannot be the first one to make physical contact as long as the quarterback, or whoever has received the snap, is still in the pocket.

Although, the NFL rulebook states that within a five yard area of the line of scrimmage a defender may make and sustain contact with that receiver. As soon as the players go beyond that five yard area, though, the defender must let go of the receiver and allow him to run free of contact.

This rule only applies if the defender remains even with or in front of the receiver. Moreover, the contact must be uninterrupted. If the defender makes contact and the offensive player breaks it, the defender cannot make contact with the receiver again. Finally, if the quarterback is still in the pocket, initial contact must not be with the back of the receiver. A violation of one of these rules will result in an illegal contact foul, and the offense will be given five yards in addition to an automatic first down.

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Origin

The five yard bump rule is not new. However, in 2014, the NFL determined that players were getting away with illegal contact far too often. As a response, referees were told to pay more attention to the five yard bump rule during this season in order to eliminate certain types of play. These included illegal contact with a receiver even if he was not the passer's intended target, receivers taking hits closer to the center of the field, and the holding of receivers' jerseys within the five yard area.

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Ruling In College

In college football, this aspect of the game is much more physical. As long as the ball has not left the quarterback's hand, the defensive player can make contact with the receiver at any point in an attempt to defend against the pass. In other words, the rule is not in place in the college game.

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