Kentucky Writer Accuses Florida Of Cheating On Blocked Punts

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John Clay is a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, one of the largest newspapers in Kentucky. He made a case for Florida getting away with illegal hook moves on the defensive line when blocking punts. Joker Phillips mentioned after practice yesterday that Florida linemen pull the offensive line to the side to let their speed players shoot the gap and get to the punter. Here is what Joker Phillips said:

“Speed. Speed, you know, at which they come off. And their speed are big guys. Their linebackers and defensive ends are on their punt team. We’ve got receivers and DBs on our punt team to try and get that speed on the field. They’ve got big guys pulling this guy that way, and this guy thata way and a little fast guy with world-class speed comes up the middle to block it. And you can’t get off the block. We’ve got to punch them in the mouth when they try to grab you and get their hands off of you and come off and block the little guy that tries to split the gap.”

Florida has blocked 2 punts already this season and has blocked many in recent memory against the Kentucky Wildcats. Joker did not accuse Florida of cheating, but John Clay ran with the quote and you can read his article here.

Chris Rainey blocked the 5th punt of his career against Tennessee and here is the video clip:

John Clay points out that the Gators’ lineman in front of Chris Rainey used his arm to hook and pull Tennessee’s lineman to the side so that Rainey had an open lane to the punter. Keep your eye on this circled lineman when watching the video above. According to the Kentucky writer, the lineman had a tight grip on Tennessee’s player during the action. Watch that video and let us know what you think…

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What’s Your Opinion: Is Florida Cheating On Punt Blocks?

Here is the other blocked punt from earlier this year. The player came on the outside and Chris Rainey scored a touchdown. It doesn’t look like there is any defensive holding in this play:

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  • Welp, you can’t fault Joker for trying but I dont think it looks like they are cheating. A coach can try to put some doubt in there to maybe encourage a flag on a play in this week’s game.

  • That’s a clear penalty in the Tennessee game, but no in the FAU game. Just because it happens once, doesn’t necessarily indicate that it’s a continual thing. Maybe I’ll go dig up older clips and look for a pattern, but one instance does not a pattern make.

  • like a blocked punt is all we have to worry about this saturday night.

  • Punt teams have done that since the 80s. If the upback would have picked him up , they would not have blocked the punt. All you could get them for is holding and holding happens every play and you almost never see it called on defense because you are allowed to use your hands to throw off your blocker. So bottom line is the upback missed his read block so go after him, not Florida.

  • That definitely looked penalty-worthy, but the scary part for me was watching the upback completely miss Rainey running in. You have to know where Rainey’s coming from on any punt situation.

  • eh…kinda dirty but as long as my guys get away with it too I wouldnt have too much of an issue…and yeah the up-back really folded like a cheap tent! I mean I know Rainey is fast but Damn!

  • im not a FL fan but How is that cheating? if it was cheating the ref would have called holding.

  • If there was indeed a “hold”, it occurred when Rainey was already half-way to the punter. The “hold” made no difference in the outcome of the play.