Most everyone has seen Booker Mays playing dead on the fake punt play at Miami. It is quite funny. But the reference to the play as the “worst fake punt ever” and the contention that Booker Mays got “trucked” are both just plain wrong. Proof that you cannot believe everything you see.
There was some clever video editing to create the notion that Mays got blown up on the play, when clearly he did not. It was also not a bad fake punt, as Tank Hollingworth was open, and he was just underthrown by the punter – Tank was also absent from many of the videos, making it look like the Ferguson was throwing the ball to an area of the field with no receivers. The ESPN video below captures the play accurately, unlike those initially hyping the “fainting goat.”
Booker Mays is a walk-on WR from Pine Bluff who earned a scholarship, and who is looking pretty good on offense this year (he’s the WR that got jobbed on the sideline catch at Miami in the first half by the blind replay official).
Watch the formation carefully – as number 4, Tank Hollingsworth, is emulating a tackle but a step back, off the line, and Booker Mays is seemingly a WR, but on the line as the fifth guy, so he cannot go out for a pass. That is why he played dead, the fake was away from his side of the field, and he had nothing else productive to do. Why not distract and see if it makes a defender hesitate, if just for a nanosecond?
In the unlikely event you haven’t seen the deceptive, edited videos, you can see them here.