How Tua Tagovailoa used a fake check to fool the LSU defense on a long TD pass

This turned into a TD for Alabama. (via CBS)
This turned into a TD for Alabama. (via CBS)

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith is fast. He can run by dozens and dozens of defensive backs. And that’s without getting a head start.

Smith got a head start in the second quarter against LSU on Saturday with a fantastic maneuver by QB Tua Tagovailoa before this 64-yard touchdown throw. Here’s the play in real time. It looks like Smith simply raced past his defender Derek Stingley Jr. for the score.

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There was more to it than that. Watch Tagovailoa’s mannerisms before the snap. He looked to the Alabama sideline like he was going to change the play. Then, as he’s looking that direction, he clapped his hands again for the snap.

That look to the Alabama sideline caused Stingley and other LSU defenders to look to their own sideline for a potential change. And that gave Smith a head start.

You can't give DeVonta Smith a head start. (via CBS)
You can't give DeVonta Smith a head start. (via CBS)

It was an incredibly ingenius move, whether it was planned in practice during the week or done on the fly. Well done, Alabama.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports

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