yep. no idea why he jumped as if he was going for the ball. he lowers the boom and he at least makes it 4th and short and butker has to come on to kick. glad to see JT calm and collected. just wish it wasn't against my alma mater, dammit.Just rewatched it for the nth time and I gotta say, the Southern safety misplayed that very badly. For some inexplicable reason he jumped in the air like he had a shot at intercepting or knocking down the throw. He was way too late for that as we now know.
If he had just lowered his shoulder and rammed Hill in the back, he most likely would have jarred the ball out, but at the very least, would have held Hill short of the marker. We would have been faced with a 4th and less than a yard and that would have been Wake Forrest 2.0. Bet we would have gone for it with Byerly.
Is it me or was the blitzing linebacker ZL's responsibility to pick up?
I think you're right. Haven't seen the DVR yet. From the stands I initially thought face mask (like Bruce), but your comment and having watched the news last night, it does appear that he only tried to grab the helmet and didn't get inside the face area.I think he just slapped the top of the helmet and did not grab any opening in the helmet. Good no-call.
CPJ said "we missed the bitz pick up" when regarding that play. I'm assuming he was talking about Laskey. I think he just read it wrong and picked the wrong side. It might have made things worse if Laskey chose right. It may have pushed the LB outside and right into where JT needed to go, who knows?Is it me or was the blitzing linebacker ZL's responsibility to pick up?