"Tyler, I have mention this - the last time I saw a slide like that was the one Brandy Chastain did at the World Cup."
"Oh great," Tyler said grinning, "Now you're comparing me to a woman who took her shirt off."
"Yeah, but at least you kept your clothes on," added a nearby teammate, laughing.
"Newspapers have reported that you set up to kick the last fieldgoal slightly deeper than normal, is that right?"
"Yes," he said, "Coach Tedford wanted us to set up a half to one yard further back from center. We figured that would add one to two feet of elevation by the time the kick cleared the line of scimmage. They were using two very tall guys as their blockers, guys who could really jump."
"Tyler, you would know about this - there's a rule about not jumping up off a teammate when you're trying to block a kick?"
"Yes that's right," he said. "To make a legal block, you must jump from the playing surface."
I asked, "When you were on the field, could you see the unusual formation the Trojans were using to rush the kick?"
"No, we couldn't see it. In fact I didn't see it or hear about it until I saw the film later."
"How would you describe what they did?"
"Well they lined up two linemen directly behind two other linemen, and on the snap, the pair in the rear made a major push forward to give a boost to the two guys in the front who were also rushing. In effect they doubled the power of each rushing lineman that way, and they got a strong push past the line of scrimmage."
Ryan O'Callaghan has described that tactic as trying to "adjust the line of scrimmage", trying to gain a few yards to improve the point where a field goal blocker can make his leap.
"Have you see that before, Tyler?"
"No, I never have, but it looks like a very effective technique."
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