West Virginia’a McKivitz getting used to new chop-blocking rules

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia right tackle Colton McKivitz usually has a smile on his face and a sense of humor when meeting with the media.
With his country twang and camouflage hat featuring a Flying WV, it doesn’t seem like much would get under the skin of the 6-foot-7, 300-pounder — except when you mess with his responsibilities on the football field.
College football rule changes have trickled down to how offensive players are able to block in hopes to eliminate lower legs injuries and make the game safer.
Officially, the new rules state:
No offensive player except offensive linemen can block below the waist unless coming toward the opponent’s front.
No player can block below the waist five or more yards past the line of scrimmage and no player can block below the waist while moving backward toward its own line of scrimmage.

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