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Although the rule no longer uses the language: in the grasp of an opponent”; philosophically it is implied through tradition. Both high school and college rules deem the ball dead and forward progress stopped when the ball carries is “held so his (forward advancing) progress is stopped” (Federation Rule 4-2-2-a; NCAA Rule 4-1-3-a). NCAA Rule 4-1-3-a states that the ball becomes dead “when the runner is so held that his forward progress is stopped.” Officials must determine if the opponent of the runner has sufficiently held or grasped the runner so as to have stopped his forward movement. This action is what kills the play not the whistle.
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Not for nothing here, but Kavarae Russell could have helped settle this debate by helping out a little bit after the initial wrapup instead of enjoying a little too much the best viewing seat in the house. Not THAT would be a valuable ticket he could have sold. :) haha
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