Running Montana State’s Fake Punt

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By Rob Ash, Head Coach, Montana State University, Former AFCA President

“When we used this fake against Sacramento State, it was 4th-and-1 at our 30-yard line. It was a risky call, but I was convinced they would rush hard and the play would be wide-open. This fake punt was designed to counteract the extremely heavy rush that teams were utilizing against our ‘shield’ punt formation. The idea was to let all the rushers attach the shield, release the right side of the punt team down the field, and then drag the left end across the formation, behind the line of scrimmage, to take the short dump pass from the punter.”


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