chop block


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chop block

n. Football
An illegal block of an opposing player below the knees, called when the block comes from the side or behind or when the player being blocked is already engaged with an opponent.

[chop + block.]
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While taking his second step, the defensive lineman must use a backside arm rip to protect the backside leg from a chop block.
The backside G and T chop block into the feet of the DT and LB.
Sorgen said one other chop block should have been called against UCLA, but it came on a pass play when one of the Bruins' tackles was trying to make a late block.
Pac-10 backs UCLA: Pac-10 coordinator of officiating Verle Sorgen said he reviewed game reports and watched the tape of UCLA's contest against San Diego State, and determined UCLA was not using illegal chop blocks, as Aztecs coach Tom Craft alleged, as part of its blocking scheme along the offensive line.
On a chop block, one offensive player blocks an opposing player high, and another dives at the defender's legs.
UCLA was penalized for one chop block against San Diego State, but the Bruins said it was not intentional.
Bruins center Mike McCloskey said the illegal chop block, often referred to as a high-low block, is not being used.
Then, on the first Saturday of October, there was Arizona State center Grey Ruegamer's chop block on Matock that most people assumed had cut the rest of his season right out from under him.
After UCLA's beat the Aztecs, Craft accused UCLA's offensive line of illegal chop blocks.
It comes in the aftermath of the Matadors' 44-17 win Saturday in which three CSUN defensive linemen were hurt from what coaches called illegal chop blocks from Southern Utah's offensive line.
Sean Beard (broken leg), Mike Colunga (strained ankle) and Marcus Nance (strained MCL) each left with right leg injuries the CSUN coaching staff contends came after illegal chop blocks.
Cal State Northridge officials, angered by the loss of three defensive linemen to injuries caused by illegal chop blocks by Southern Utah, will attempt to break its agreement to play the Thunderbirds again next year.