Why do players keep dropping the ball before they cross the goal line?
It’s a topic coaches around the country have surely addressed this week, after California’s Vic Enwere cost the Bears a touchdown and Joe Mixon should have had his kickoff return TD taken away last weekend.
Minnesota running back Rodney Smith shared a unique perspective on the issue in an interview with the Minnesota Star Tribune. Smith once dropped the ball before he scored, when he was a junior at Mundy’s Mill (Georgia) High School.
He understands what those players were thinking.
“It cost the team,” Smith told the Star Tribune. “When you break the long runs though, it’s exciting. You just react. You think you score, and you throw the ball down a second too early. You just have to train yourself. I try to train myself at least. Now, I give the ball to the referee. I don’t ever drop the ball now.”
Gophers coach Tracy Claeys had his players watch the tape of Enwere and Mixon’s blunders during meetings this week, and stressed the importance of waiting to celebrate.