Wake Forest football coach Dave Clawson says NCAA should review rules on fake slides following TD by Pitt QB Kenny Pickett

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Wake Forest football mentor Dave Clawson claims the NCAA requirements to evaluate its regulations on irrespective of whether quarterbacks really should be allowed to “faux slide” after escaping the pocket.

Clawson’s assertion came immediately after his team’s 45-21 reduction to Pittsburgh in the ACC championship sport Saturday night in which Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett used a fake slide to freeze defenders and operate for a 58-property landing on the game’s to start with possession.

Just after Pickett broke containment on a 3rd-down run, he briefly stutter-stepped and pretended to slide right after finding up the to start with down. Two Wake Forest defenders froze, figuring Pickett was giving himself up. As a substitute, Pickett produced a rapid lower and raced a further 40 yards for a touchdown just before blowing kisses to the group in the finish zone.

Even though Clawson acknowledged following the activity there is no rule blocking Pickett from accomplishing what he did, he said the NCAA need to take into account these types of a rule.

“If that is the rule, I will just have my dude fake knee all the way down the field, and seriously, what do you do?” Clawson said. “So it really is one thing the NCAA is likely to have to seem at, and you know, you can not phony a slide.”

Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett said his pretend slide in the ACC championship activity was intentional, but not one thing he had at any time finished ahead of. Chris Carlson/AP

Clawson said he experienced beforehand hardly ever viewed a perform in which a quarterback pretended to give himself up only to continue to keep running.

“You just educate your gamers, as soon as your quarterback begins sliding, you quit mainly because if you touch him it is going to be a penalty,” Clawson stated. “He started off his slide, and our young children stopped playing. I really don’t consider he did it intentionally, but if he did, he’s outstanding. I just imagine he reacted as an athlete. But what do you explain to your players? The quarterback is protected, and there are two fellas there who could have manufactured a engage in but stopped actively playing due to the fact he began to slide.”

Pickett admitted immediately after the game that he did do it on function.

“Yeah, it was intentional,” reported Pickett, the ACC Player of the Year who accounted for a few touchdowns Saturday evening. “I just type of started out slowing down and pulling up and receiving completely ready to slide and I just variety of noticed their human body language and they just pulled up as very well. … I have by no means performed that right before. I just type of held likely after I at first started to slide.”

Pitt mentor Pat Narduzzi defended his quarterback.

“I think it was termed instincts,” Narduzzi mentioned. “I imagine it was a heck of a soccer engage in by Kenny Pickett. I indicate he started to slide, he drug his foot. The closest [defender] may well have been 4 or 5 yards away. I consider [Pickett] considered about it, and there was a tiny hesitation and he was heading to go down and be harmless, but then he was like, ‘Hold on a second.’ … And then he just took off.”

Narduzzi will not believe that Pickett did nearly anything improper.

“To me, I mentor our defensive guys to finish the engage in,” Narduzzi explained. “If [the quarterback] goes down, a good deal of instances we slide in excess of the major of them. It is really just remaining a soccer player. You have to end the engage in. You can find a thing called a whistle, and when the whistle blows, you halt. Right until then, you have to acquire up, and if the quarterback slides too late. … We have observed men slide as well late and the quarterback gets scraped up and tattooed a minor bit. It’s component of the activity.”

Narduzzi added the perform isn’t something the coaching staff members teaches.

“We under no circumstances follow it,” he explained. “It wasn’t like we explained, ‘Today we are likely to fake slide.’ It was a football engage in. And Kenny Pickett is the most effective, and that’s why he is a champion.”