Florida Gators Accused of "Cheating" to Block Punts

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The University of Florida Gators are going to Lexington this weekend to face off against the Kentucky Wildcats, and after the Gators blocked three punts in two previous games against the Wildcats, people in Kentucky are bitching bringing up the point that UF may be "cheating" to block punts.

To clarify, the Gators are not so much "cheating" as they are getting away with penalties that go uncalled.

In UF's victory this past weekend over Tennessee though, the issue comes up again as Florida's defensive lineman appear to orchestrate a blocking scheme against the Volunteers' offensive lineman -- yes, we understand this sounds ass-backwards -- while the Gators' speedy Chris Rainey went straight through to block the punt.

This theory comes courtesy of the Lexington Herald-Leader's John Clay, who was told by Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips that hooking the offensive linemen is how Florida blocks the punts, although Phillips didn't go as far to call it "cheating."

Here's a screenshot from the video just before the blocked punt in last week's game against Tennessee, with some of our amateur illustrative skills:

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Video: CBS

And here's the NCAA rules that would make it appear that the Gators are getting away with an illegal technique:

ARTICLE 4. a. Defensive players may use hands and arms to push, pull, ward off or lift offensive players when attempting to reach the runner.

b. Defensive players may not use hands and arms to tackle, hold or otherwise illegally obstruct an opponent other than a ball carrier.

PENALTY--10 yards [S42].

c. Defensive players may use hands and arms to push, pull, ward off or lift offensive players obviously attempting to block them. Defensive players may ward off or legally block an eligible pass receiver until that player occupies the same yard line as the defender or until the opponent could not possibly block him. Continuous contact is illegal (A.R. 9-3-4-I, II and IV).

PENALTY--10 or 15 yards [S38, S42, S43 or S45].

Rainey now holds the SEC record for career blocked punts with five, and unless the refs change their minds about the aforementioned theory, don't be surprised to see a punt going the wrong way in Lexington this weekend.


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AlabamaSpartan
AlabamaSpartan

Matthew Hendley, what is the deal here? Stacy Ritter looting her campaign fund for personal profit =news. The school board on trial for corruption = news. This = Not News. Can we have some news? Pretty please?

Doug Reeb
Doug Reeb

So let me get this right... The Gator's defensive front line opens a hole for a potential punt blocker can get into the back field.... and that's illegal?  Isn't this the same as the defensive front opening a hole for a blitizing linebacker or safety to sack the quarterback?  BTW what the hell is the Tenn player standing in front of the kicker there for?  To block a potential player who might be close to blocking the kick.   Just learn how to play the game and quit bitching.    CitrusGator

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

It's actually shocking that more teams don't hold on fourth and ten. Why not risk a five-yard holding penalty for the chance of blocking the punt?

Bubba The Wise
Bubba The Wise

This is not listed as a news feed, it is listed as a BLOG. Blogs, as you may know, are not necessarily news. If you want news, click on the listing at the top that says, NEWS. The action of clicking on the news may save you some time and heartburn if you are looking for NEWS.

Swampslider
Swampslider

would like to point out that in addition to a five yard penalty defensive holding is also an automatic first down

iluvuf
iluvuf

maybe you should SHUT UP, Mischa Barton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111 

GO GATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

brian
brian

only on an eligble reciever not on a lineman

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

You know, you're right, Swampslider. Not sure it's worth risking giving up the first down for the chance of a blocked punt.

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