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What's the rule this year on catching punts?

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On the muffed punt, it looked like our guy first touched the ball with two outstretched hands, and was hacked on the right arm by a Rutgers player as he was trying to pull the ball in.  That's certainly legal when trying to prevent the reception of a forward pass, but I thought the punt returner had to be given a chance to catch the ball.  I think our guy would have caught the ball with the old halo rule.  Still, he probably made two errors on the play.  First, he should have called for a fair catch.  Second, he shouldn't have attempted an awkward catch in windy conditions . . . now about the fair catch, that nobody saw, on that kickoff return.  GB!

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