Titans punter hits Jerry's video board
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|All eyes were on the mammoth video board at the brand new Cowboys Stadium Friday night, especially after Titans punter A.J. Trapasso nailed it on a punt.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's already happened! In the inaugural preseason game at Cowboys Stadium, Titans punter A.J. Trapasso boomed a punt that deflected off the bottom of an enormous video board that stretches from one 20-yard line to the other.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher immediately threw his red challenge flag onto the field as Trapasso pointed to the board. Cowboys coach Wade Phillips had a smirk on his face while players and coaches behind him chuckled.
According to the officials, the play is blown dead as soon as the ball makes contact with the video board and the down is repeated. And that's the exact same thing that will happen in a regular-season game. We've asked Jerry Jones and Wade Phillips about this very thing, but they both thought it wouldn't happen.
I'm not sure if there's a way the video board can be lifted any higher. I'm looking up there right now and it's not like there's much room. I'll ask Jerry Jones about the play after the game. Fisher's the co-chair of the competition committee, but I don't think this is something they've spent much time discussing. My guess is that Fisher instructed Trapasso to kick the ball as high as he could to see what would happen.
Trapasso hit the board three times in pre-game warmups. So far, Cowboys punter Mat McBriar hasn't come close to making contact. I'm sure he's a little embarrassed to be overshadowed by the little-known Trapasso.
AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky is now trying to find out what would happen if one of Vince Young's passes floated into the video board.