The new college football rule rewarding teams for making fair catches on kickoffs has not caught on like officiating supervisors expected.
If a fair catch is made on a kickoff anywhere between the goal line and 25 this season, it is ruled a touchback. The ball is marked at the 25.
Fair catches have been made on 11 percent of kickoffs in the Bowl Subdivision through seven weeks, according to NCAA data released Friday. Officials expected a higher rate.
More changes could be made in 2019 to further reduce kick returns or make them safer.