Alabama may have another trick play to prepare for before the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Washington.
Nick Saban is already scouring eight years of tape to prepare his team for any trick plays from Washington coach Chris Petersen. But he probably should take a look at the film from Pitt’s game against Virginia Tech as well.
Petersen said Monday that when Pitt OL Brian O’Neil had a 5-yard touchdown run against the Hokies on a reverse in October, a bunch of his own linemen started lobbying for something similar.
Petersen said he got text messages from every Washington offensive lineman when Pitt ran the reverse to an offensive tackle in October
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This is the play in question, and it was glorious.
It was one of two trick-play touchdowns for O’Neill. He also had a 34-yard touchdown run on a lateral against Georgia Tech on his way to the Piesman Trophy.
Since Petersen offered that information voluntarily before the game, it seems unlikely that he would run a trick play with an offensive lineman. Then again, maybe that’s exactly what he wants Saban to think.
Petersen has a reputation for pulling out trick plays in big moments. And that goes back to his time at Boise State. The most famous instance was when he called a hook-and-lateral against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, and immediately followed that up with a Statue of Liberty play for a game-winning two-point conversion.
Three years later, in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, he called a fake punt to extend what became the game-winning drive against TCU.
Now in addition to all of those, the Crimson Tide have at least two more plays to get familiar with before this weekend.
Alabama plays Washington on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.