“The rule specifically covers a scenario in which a quarterback is in a passing posture with one or both feet on the ground. In that situation, no defensive player rushing unabated can hit him forcibly at or below the knee. The defensive player also may not initiate a roll or lunge and forcibly hit the quarterback in the knee area or below,” according to the new rule.
A violation of this rule results in a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.
■ Steven Holstad comments on the "next man up" mantra that Oregon adopted several seasons ago.
■ Freshman A.J. Balta led Oregon's offensive attack Thursday, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning as Oregon beat WSU 11-1 yesterday.
The No. 23 Ducks (29-10, 8-5 Pac-12) now find themselves tied with UCLA in third place in the conference, entering two more against Washington State on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at PK Park.