One Frame At A Time: UCF

Submitted by Ace on September 13th, 2016 at 3:01 PM

This play didn't crack the top five this week. I still want to talk about it, though. Not that you need to be told this, but watch Jabrill Peppers, who starts the play lined up on the block M.

The rest of the defense is caught flat-footed on this play. The D-line is slanting away from the running back. The force defender is nowhere to be found. The playside corner is caught in man coverage and has his back to the play. Peppers's first two steps are towards deep center, then he has to alter his path to avoid running into Delano Hill.

With a speedy running back around the edge unimpeded, this play looks destined for a first down. Peppers not only reads the play and covers a ton of ground to get to the back before the sticks, he cuts down the angle and finishes the play by literally throwing the RB out of bounds.

Savor every moment you get to watch this guy—excuse me, this Dude—play football. He is truly a once-in-a-generation athlete.

[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the UCF game in GIFs.]

As always, click the links/stills to open each GIF in a lightbox, and don't forget to vote for your favorite at the end of the post.

HONORABLE MENTION

De'Veon Smith romps.
Jehu Chesson lays out to catch a post.
Jeremy Clark double-PBU.
Rashan Gary, Ben Gedeon meet at quarterback.
Harbaugh claps Miles-style.
Harbaugh plays peekaboo.
Harbaugh says you're outta here.
Khalid Hill TD vulture 1.
Khalid Hill TD vulture 2 (watch Mason Cole on this one).
Peppers with great coverage, better dismount.
Peppers illegally blocked below waist, still makes tackle.
Peppers isn't satisfied with a near-TD.
Peppers, human after all, struggles with water bottle.
Never call the Lions play.
Wormley's second FG block. Another replay angle.
Kinnel's second punt block.
Speight somehow avoids sack, hits Poggi, who kills a guy.
Winovich gets the corner for a strip-sack.
"There was no booger eatin'."

 

10. Butt Demoralizes KNIGHTRO

This is what you deserve for not being a Citronaut.

9. Field Goal Meets Bear Paw

Yeah, it's a low kick, but this is still a heck of an effort by Wormley.

8. Centerfielder With Range

I love that you can see the moment the UCF RB realizes he's about to die.

7. Drag, Touchdown, Grass Dance

Getting unnecessarily knocked to the ground and turning it into a touchdown dance is pretty great.

6. Robot Viking Versus Screen

Advantage: Robot Viking.

5. Spin of (Mc)Doooooooom

Better downfield blocking and this is probably a touchdown, but McDoom sure made it fun anyway.

4. Okay, Fine, B-plus Run Support

A-minus if you're feeling generous.

3. ...Yip?

The MGoYipYips reaction to Jake Butt's second drop of the day couldn't possibly be better.

2. Dead On

This throw:

This route:

Speight's celebration:

All impeccable. Darboh's celebration and the gentlemanly Speight/O'Korn handshake afterwards were also quite good.

FRAMES OF THE GAME: MORTIFIED PUNTER 2: PUNT HARDER

Not quite as good as the original, but the critics always say that.

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Comments

RakeFight

September 13th, 2016 at 3:17 PM ^

I remember watching that Peppers tackle (first video) and being annoyed that the commentators didn't point out that it wouldn't have been possible without Peppers.  Love that you chose it to be included.

But I voted for Dead On (broadcast)... perfect route, perfect throw... but bigger picture includes two things... First, we have a new starting QB that can throw downfield already. Second, we have an offensive game plan which includes taking what the defense gives you... alleviating one of the biggest frustrations ever of the Hoke/Borgess years.

hail2victors9

September 13th, 2016 at 4:05 PM ^

In one of the alternate angles (from the south, facing the North endzone) of the targeting hit against Eddie, you can see a staffer (not sure of the capacity) with a violent, animated reaction to the hit where he fell/jump backwards.  It was hilarious and I watched it a couple times after it happened, but haven't been able to see it, since.  I couldn't find it in WD's highlights.

Wondering if someone who is more tech savy (and not at work) could find that and post a GIF to this thread.  Thanks in advance.
 

Edit: I found it here http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/um-ucf-full-game at the 50:19 mark. It wasn't quite hilarious, but I still like his reaction.

kevin holt

September 13th, 2016 at 3:32 PM ^

I like how Darboh casually tosses the football at the defender before doing the Superman thing at the crowd. Not sure if intentional but he definitely flicks it at him.

msom4202

September 13th, 2016 at 3:34 PM ^

Thought I was the only one who noticed that Peppers tackle all the way from center field. The way he caught that angle and accelerated through it was absolutely amazing. Those who havent played football truly dont understand the speed, timing, and explosiveness that took. If we get a couple more of those defenders, it's lights out for the country. Also the way Peppers tackles so aggressively, ripping people down. I want to see more of that from others on the defense. 

ssuarez

September 13th, 2016 at 4:00 PM ^

How was this not included in the top 10? 

Could there possibly be anything more representative of Harbaugh's influence on these guys than a gentlemanly handshake and acknowledgement of each other's skills at QB?

O'korn feeling the need to show a high level of respect for Speight's pure efficiency and skill, but the competitive juices can't allow for any more joy because Speight's success means that O'Korns place on the bench is sealed.  

conradb42

September 13th, 2016 at 4:17 PM ^

Anyone notice Mason Cole on Khalid Hill's second TD? He and Kalis blast a DT back, he finishes block 5 yards deep then just stares at him for a second. Is it too late to GIF that, Ace?

jakerblue

September 13th, 2016 at 5:04 PM ^

On the Peppers play at the beginning. Look how fast Gary is, if peppers misses the tackle rashan takes the angle to cut him off, after a first down but damn impressive for a lineman to track down the rb like that.

steve sharik

September 13th, 2016 at 9:45 PM ^

On the Peppers tackle, McCray was a) on the backside of the blocking scheme and b) away from the back, so he should've been the BCR (Bootleg, Counter, Reverse) player and, therefore, nailed that run in the backfield for a loss.

Wolverheel

September 14th, 2016 at 12:00 AM ^

To be fair that did look like prime nail biting position rather than booger eating. I don't know. And also the yip gif got me good. When the jaw slowly drops on the blue guy I couldn't stop laughing.