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FAN Take – Got Any Tricks Up Your Sleeve?

By Annalece Montgomery

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Too often, football games rely on a field goal to determine the outcome of a game. But if you’re lucky, the game you’re watching is completely dependent upon a touchdown. Sure, you may see a short pass or a run to get those six points on the board, but it’s always more exciting to see a long shot Hail Mary or an unexpected trick play thrown into the mix in the last few seconds of the fourth quarter. Last Weekend, North Texas University pulled off a perfectly executed trick play against Arkansas.

North Texas had been working on this since fall camp with weeks of practice under their belt before attempting it in a game. After forcing Arkansas to punt, Keegan Brewer faked a fair catch and ran the ball back for a touchdown. Speaking to SB Nation, Brewer mentioned that Grant Morgan was right in front of him, and asked “why aren’t they blowing the whistle?” With his arms clutching the ball and standing in a slightly defensive posture, he waited for the Arkansas players to shift their attention and make a run for it.  You can watch the full play here.

While the game didn’t hinge upon the play for an ideal outcome – North Texas won 44-17 – it didn’t make the play any less impactful. We imagine the effort put into this play will inspire other teams to pull off some impressive moves of their own.

We’re looking to you, the fans, for some input here. Do you want to see trick play options when voting for play calls? Do you want the coaches you select to dedicate time in practice to working on trick plays? Or do you think with the one-hour play clock, lack of kicking, and other proposed rules, we won’t need to add trick plays to stir up some excitement? Let us know!

 Power To The FANS!

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