Most punters aren’t runners. The impact from their legs is normally confined to launching it 40-50 yards to the other team. Every once in awhile, however, there is a punter who brings more to the table than a strong leg.
Sometimes, that punter can glide.
That is exactly what we saw on Saturday. Illinois punter Blake Hayes pulled off a hilarious fake punt against Nebraska. With the team up 28-10 early in the third quarter, the senior took of with the fourth-and-eight snap.
We’ll let the video speak for itself from that point.
🚨 Fake Punt Alert 🚨
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) November 21, 2020
How smooth was that run? Graceful and impactful, right?
The play kept the drive alive and gave the Fighting Illini a chance to add another field goal to their lead. The Cornhuskers responded with a touchdown on the following drive to cut Illinois’ lead down to 14 points (31-17).
But either way, Hayes has got to be Player of the Game following that epic conversion.
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