College football players who target opponents with above-the-shoulder hits this season could find themselves immediately kicked out of the game.
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OTHER RULE CHANGES
Spiking the ball: If less than three seconds remain on the game clock, teams will not be permitted to spike the ball in order to stop the clock.
Clock runoff: Ten seconds will be run off when the clock is stopped for an injury in the final minute of either half.
Blocking below waist: The rule change is pretty technical, but SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw boils it down: “The concept you’ll see in the open field, to block below the waist, you’ll have to do it from the front.”
Changing numbers: A player who switches numbers during the game must report the change to the referee, who will announce it.
Duplicating numbers: No more than one player at the same position on a team will be permitted to wear the same number, eliminating situations where a team, for example, might have two quarterbacks share the same number.
Adjusting the clock: Instant replay can be used to adjust the clock at the end of each quarter, whereas previously that was allowed only at the end of each half.