The execution in the Red-White game was nearly flawless. There were no fumbles, no interceptions and few penalties. The only problem came on one of coach Bret Bielema's trick plays, a two-point pass from Sebastian Tretola.
The play was designed originally for the three UA mascots, but they came up empty trying to catch Tretola's passes in practice Thursday. They couldn't see well enough through their costume eye sockets.
Bielema dumped the plan after practice Thursday, although Dallas Walker had some suggestions in his role as fill-in coach. The Farmington eighth grader asked Bielema to use either Joe Adams, Jerry Jones, Chris Gragg or another alumni in town for the Red-White game special play.
"He knows his personnel," Bielema said of the special needs teenager from Farmington.
Instead, Bielema put in SEC Network sideline reporter Laura Rutledge. There really wasn't time for practice. She was tossed some passes inside the Broyles Center indoor workout area just before the play was run. Brett Brecheisen, the football contact in media relations, threw the passes.
It wasn't the same as out in the stadium. With a strong wind blowing from the south and Tretola's lobs much higher than what she practiced inside, both of the passes went through her hands. There was also a botched center snap by Rutledge on the play's first try.
A reporter suggested Bielema's wife Jen.
"No, I don't think so," Bielema said. "I would never have been able to get her out there."
Execution Lacking on Trick Play
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