If you haven't heard yet, Gatorcountry.com reported on Wednesday that an unnamed Tennessee player not only gave up on a play late in the game against Florida, but also told Florida special teams player Derek Baldry that he was giving up. From the FanHouse:
As he was saying "whoa, whoa, whoa," I thought the play had been whistle dead or a flag had been thrown or something. I didn't understand what was going on. I kind of looked around real quick and I saw the ref with his arms up in the air, showing it was a good kick, and that's when I tapped him on the head and ran off.
And so . . . I took another look at the video:
That's all the video there is, and that's in slow motion.
And man, I wish I wouldn't have looked because it looks like there were several guys who weren't really selling out for this play. Isn't that to be expected, though? Down 28, no chance of a fake PAT, almost no chance of blocking it, and little, if any, reward for blocking it. Still, you ought to give effort, right?
But the bigger issue here is not so much whether a Tennessee player had waved the white flag on this play but whether he verbalized his surrender to Baldry. Baldry, by the way, is No. 89, but I can't tell which player he is, can you?
What do y'all think?