Vandy Player Hurdles Line to Block Kick

Published on 6-Nov-2016 by Raoul Duke

Football - NCAA    NCAA Football Daily Review

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Vandy Player Hurdles Line to Block Kick

Kickers choke on field goals all the time in both college and professional football.

With the NFL increasing the distance on extra points, even those are an adventure now.

However, blocked kicks are not quite as common, which make them very exciting plays.

One example was provided when Auburn and Vanderbilt hooked up on Saturday. The Tigers were attempting a 35-yard field goal to extend their lead to 10 points late in the game.

Then this happened:

That was kinda athletic.

The Commodore in question is Zach Cunningham.

And dude can sky really high.

The context of the game at that point makes the play even more impressive.

Vandy got the ball back with a chance to tie the game, but it was not to be, as Auburn held on for the 23-16 win.

While the play's athleticism is obvious, the fact that Cunningham was able to time the snap perfectly is why he was able to make the block.

It's always fun to watch the ensuing anger and confusion on the opposing sideline after such a play, as many coaches just assume it has to be illegal.

However, if no contact is made and the leaping player doesn't land on another player, then all is well.

We fear what we don't understand.