With all the hype and fandom around college football, it can sometimes be difficult to remember that these are still typically 18-22-year-old athletes.
One Abilene Christian player did his best job to remind fans of that on Saturday.
The FCS WAC member Wildcats have a tall task ahead of them against SEC East foe Missouri. The Tigers came into the contest looking to bounce back from an embarrassing 40-12 blowout loss to Kansas State a week ago.
Thankfully for them, Abilene Christian Kendall Catalon was willing to help.
Abilene Christian Return Man Makes An All-Time Bad Decision
There are some fairly clearly written rules for punt returners. One of those rules is that you should never field a ball inside the 10-yard line.
As a general rule of thumber, returners are told to plant their heels on the 10-yard line and let anything over their head go into the end zone.
Catalon isn’t one for rules.
Instead, the Wildcats returner backed up all the way to his own 1-yard line. Not only did he field the ball at his own 1. But he also called for a fair catch, pinning Abilene Christian against its own goal line.
Young man, what are you doing pic.twitter.com/LUoQxV4KFJ
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 17, 2022
The Wildcats actually proceeded to drive 77 yards and score a field goal on the ensuing drive. But fans couldn’t believe what they’d just seen.
Do you have to pay for tuition after this? https://t.co/JEdXBa9cDO
— AJ (@PackHawk26) September 17, 2022
“Oh, on the 1!” Absolutely killed me. https://t.co/NgQyeTzqEM
— Brian Goodman (@BSGoodman) September 17, 2022
It was truly an historic moment in history.
every monday after a punt returner calls for a fair catch at the 1 should be declared a federal holiday. the guy who does it should be awarded whatever the national version of the key to the city is, which i guess would be the nuclear launch codes https://t.co/UkVFv0R5KW
— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) September 17, 2022
the incredibly confused defense here is a delight https://t.co/04dX8rgy26
— Josh Crutchmer (@jcrutchmer) September 17, 2022
Something tells us that Catalon won’t be returning punts for the Wildcats again next week.
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