After a half-season hiatus, we're happy to announce the return of the Zebra Report: "Hey Ref!" edition, in which my old man answers your questions about all things in black and white stripes.
Dr. Jerry McGee, aka Pops, was a college football official for nearly three decades, working more than 400 games, including two Rose Bowls and the 2009 BCS championship. Just before that game, and his retirement, I wrote this in ESPN The Magazine and this when I shadowed his crew in that title game. Just last year he answered reader questions about rules and refs and now he's back to do it again.
If you have your own questions for Pops, shoot them to me at HeyRefESPN@yahoo.com and we'll try to hit them in a future edition.
Here are your questions and Pops' answers.
I'm a high school back judge. On a play like the Eric Reid interception in the LSU Tigers-Alabama Crimson Tide game, where two guys come down with the ball like that, can you walk us through what the official is watching to make that call? -- Jason G., Austin, Texas
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