350-pound lineman throws TD pass for Arkansas on trick play
The Arkansas Razorbacks appear to be having a good time in a welcome break from their rough-and-tumble SEC slate. After taking on three straight top-10 opponents (at the time of the game) — Texas A&M, Alabama and Georgia — coach Bret Bielema's team is cruising against an overmatched UAB team.
At halftime the scoreboard read 35-0, with the Razorbacks offense outgaining its counterpart 346-86 with 30 minutes to go. And with the game well in hand, Bielema is opening up his playbook . . . to feature his prized offensive line in playmaking roles.
Sebastian Tretola is a 6-foot-5, 350-pound tackle on the largest offensive line in football — both college and pro. The junior makes for a pretty terrifying (and accurate) quarterback as well (see video above).
The Razorbacks' fourth score of the game came on a trick play in a bizarre shotgun formation in which Tretola shifted into the backfield, drifted slowly to his right under pressure, then threw back across his body for the touchdown. The recipient? Arkansas long snapper Alan D'Appollonio.
This leaves Tretola with a flawless career track record behind center: 1 for 1, six yards and a touchdown. For good measure, the towering tackle even struck a well-deserved Heisman pose. Watch out, Dak Prescott.
Perhaps Bielema should try to unleash his 350-pound quarterback in SEC competition, where he's still looking for his first career conference win. During his halftime interview, Bielema did not let the headline-grabbing recruiting opportunity slip away:
"If you're an O-lineman, come to Arkansas," the second-year Arkansas coach said. "We'll make you famous."