INDIANAPOLIS — When offensive linemen become the subject of a national headline, it’s usually for something wrong — a critical penalty or a missed block. But Arkansas’ Sebastian Tretola was in the news for all of the right reasons two seasons ago.
Tretola, the heaviest player on the Razorbacks’ roster at the time, lined up under center in a 21-0 game against Alabama-Birmingham, rolled right, threw across his body and found a wide open Allan D’Appollonio in the endzone for six points. The “Fat Guy” touchdown was perfect.
Shortly before the play was executed, though, Tretola didn’t think Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was serious with his play call.
“(Bielema) called a timeout and I went to the sidelines,” Tretola told a group of reporters at the NFL combine. “He said, ‘Take your gloves off. We’re about to run the play.’ I said, ‘What?’ I almost went back out there with my gloves on.”
He should have known that Bielema was serious with running the play. In the weeks leading up to the UAB game, Tretola was called into the office.
“When you get called in the office, you’re kind of thinking like ‘What did I do wrong?’ So, I go in the office and he had drawn up something — I don’t know, I think it was on the back of a menu or something — And I was like ‘Are you serious?’” Tretola said. “I thought he was playing at first. He said ‘No, we are going to practice this today.’ We scored in practice, too, so that was probably a good indicator.’
Tretola is rated as the No. 2 offensive guard in the draft, per WalterFootball.com.