first down

Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2014 11:35 am
can an offensive player lose the first down if he backs up on his own accord?
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Region Philbis
Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2014 02:42 pm

i believe the ref would mark the spot where forward progress stops.

so, no, he wouldn't lose the first down...

he would, however, lose his spot on the team right quick!
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Reply Tue 18 Nov, 2014 02:52 pm
Yes. If a player crosses the first down line, then backs up of his own accord (not forced by tacklers) and is subsequently tackled, he will not be awarded the first down. If a player is running forward and is pushed back by the defense, he gets credit for forward progress.
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