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Can a quarterback throw the ball after crossing the line of scrimmage?


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2010-09-11 18:25:56
2010-09-11 18:25:56

If a quarterback and the entire ball are in front of the line of scrimmage then a forward pass can no longer be thrown but a lateral is still a legal play. However, by the act of crossing the line of scrimmage, the quarterback does not lose the right to throw a forward pass as long as after crossing the line scrimmage, the ball returns behind and is thrown from behind the line scrimmage.


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